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Regular exercise shown to reduce IBS symptoms

January 31, 2011
People who experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may get relief from abdominal discomfort and other symptoms by adding a regular regimen of exercise to their daily activities, a new study shows.

The study by researchers from the University of Gothenburg included more than 100 IBS patients, aged 18 to 65. For three months, they were asked to increase their activity to include three to five sessions of exercise per week, allowing 20 to 30 minutes for each session.

Published online in the American Journal of Gastroentrerology, the research team found that exercise can keep symptoms from getting worse and often bring improvement for those with IBS. The bowel condition is characterized by abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea and bloating in many patients.

Those who increased their activity most by adding several sessions of vigorous exercise weekly told researchers they saw significant reductions in the physical symptoms that often accompany IBS.

Clinical trials on inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis are among the gastrointestinal disorders being studied through the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the research facility of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
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