Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be a chronic disease whose symptoms can be difficult to control. Now, HealthDay is reporting that “Increasing one’s physical activity routine can help improve symptoms among irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients.”This news comes from a study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
“Vigorous activity can also help keep IBS symptoms from worsening among such patients,” the researchers said. Their observations stem from a small study of “102 IBS patients between the ages of 18 and 65.”
At the study onset and at the end of the three-month period, the participants “ranked their IBS symptoms.” While the group that maintained “their normal routine experienced an average 5-point drop in symptoms, those who increased their activity experienced much more dramatic symptom relief (an average 51-point decrease),” the researchers noted.
Notably, only “8 percent of the active group went on to develop worsening symptoms.”
Certainly this is worth a try if you suffer from IBS.
Here are some of my other blogs on IBS:
- St. John’s wort may not help patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Two-week course of antibiotic may benefit patients with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
- Probiotics may ease kids’ belly aches (especially IBS)