Physical Activity Improves Symptoms in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
A randomised controlled trial to determine the impact of physical activity of physical activity on IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) was conducted by researchers at the University of Gothenberg, Sweden and published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
102 patients diagnosed with IBS were included in the study and randomised either to the control (no change in behaviour) or the physical activity groups.
The result looked at a change in the IBS Severity Scoring System at the 12-week follow-up compared with baseline, but also change in QoL (quality of life), anxiety, depression, and fatigue as well as impact on weight, oxygen uptake and digestive discomfort.
Overall the researchers found a significant difference in the improvement of IBS symptoms for those in the physical activity group compared with the less active group at the end of 12 weeks.
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Research conclusion - "Physical activity should be used as a primary treatment modality in IBS."
Research: Johannesson E, Simren M, Strid H, et al. (Institute of Medicine Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden). "Physical activity improves symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome: a randomized controlled trial." Am J Gastroenterol 2011;106:915–922.