A Swedish study has shown that that exercise can improve symptoms in people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Researchers from the University of Gothenburg divided a group of 102 IBS patients into two groups; one group increasing its physical activity and the other group maintaining its usual levels. The subjects in the active group were advised to undertake moderate to vigorous physical activity of between 20 and 30 minutes three to five times a week, and were given telephone support from a physiotherapist.
At the study’s outset and three months into it, participants rated their different IBS complaints, including abdominal pain and quality of life, using a points system. The results clearly showed a link between increased activity and improved symptoms.
Riadh Sadik, a senior physician responsible for the study, said, The group with unchanged lifestyle had an average decrease of symptoms by 5 points. The active group on the other hand showed a symptom improvement with an average reduction of 51 points’.
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Source: American Journal of Gastroenterology