Aerobic and Strength Exercise Benefits IBD Patients in Remission, Phase 2 Trial Finds

Aerobic and Strength Exercise Benefits IBD Patients in Remission, Phase 2 Trial Finds
Regular aerobic and strength exercises of moderate intensity done over a relatively short period of time can improve the fitness and decrease the body fat of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who are in clinical remission and typically inactive, a Phase 2 trial shows. In light of these results, the researchers consider exercise a safe and inexpensive option to help prevent or manage IBD-related loss of muscle mass and obesity-related disorders. The study, “Moderate-intensity aerobic and resistance exercise is safe and favorably influences body composition in patients with quiescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease: a randomized controlled cross-over trial,” was published in the journal BMC Gastroenterology. Modern lifestyles, characterized by being sedentary and eating high-calorie foods, are contributing to an increase in obesity and health-related problems in IBD patients. Because being overweight and having metabolic problems can add to the burden of having IBD in patients, a team of researchers at Cork University Hospital in Ireland decided to investigate if aerobic and resistance (strength) training could quickly and safely
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