Systemic Sclerosis Patients Likely to Develop Micronutrient Deficiencies

Author: Paticia Silva
Date Published: December-2015
Source: Scleroderma News

Researchers in Switzerland recently presented data revealing that patients with systemic sclerosis are likely to be deficient in certain micronutrients, and the deficiencies correlate with their disease. The data was presented at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) held in San Francisco in November in an abstract titled "Deficiency in Micronutrients Is a Frequent Burden in Patients with Systemic Sclerosis."Micronutrients are essential dietary components that play a role in several metabolic processes, including collagen synthesis and wound healing, key mechanisms in systemic sclerosis pathogenesis. In systemic sclerosis, the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues, resulting in a hardening and tightening (fibrosis) of the skin and connective tissues, including internal organs such as the gastrointestinal tract. Patients with systemic sclerosis can experience nutritional impairment and malabsorption at the intestine, which can lead to deficiencies in certain nutrients and micronutrients.