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Physical activity helps improve IBS

Physical activity improves symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome, according to Swedish researchers

The researchers looked at 102 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), half of whom were randomly allocated to increase their physical activity and the other half to maintain their usual lifestyle.

After three months, the control group said their symptoms had decreased on average by five points – based on an IBS symptom score – compared to 51 points in the intervention group.

The authors said: “Even a slight increase of physical activity may reduce symptoms.”

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