Exercise and Self-Reported Limitations in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

TitleExercise and Self-Reported Limitations in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsDeFilippis EM, Tabani S, Warren RU, Christos PJ, Scherl EJ
JournalDig Dis Sci
Date Published2016 Jan

BACKGROUND: Limited evidence suggests that exercise may have beneficial, anti-inflammatory effects in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

AIMS: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of exercise in patients with IBD and the limitations they experience secondary to their disease.

METHODS: Two hundred and fifty IBD patients were prospectively enrolled in this study at an academic medical center at the time of their outpatient visits between March and October 2013. Subjects were asked to complete a one-time survey that asks questions about medical and surgical history, exercise frequency and intensity, and the limitations and barriers they experience.

RESULTS: Two hundred and twenty-seven patients (148 female patients) completed the survey. Crohn's disease was present in 140 patients (61.5 %), while 87 had ulcerative colitis. Forty-one patients (16.4 %) never exercised, 82 patients (32.8 %) exercised 1-2 times per week, 59 (23.6 %) exercised 3-4 times per week, and 45 (18.0 %) exercised more than four times per week. Of the 186 who regularly exercise, 95 (51 %) reported moderate exercise intensity, 61 (33 %) reported light intensity, and 30 (16 %) reported vigorous intensity. Ninety-nine patients (44 %) reported that their IBD limited their exercise for reasons including fatigue (n = 81), joint pain (n = 37), embarrassment (n = 23), weakness (n = 21), and others.

CONCLUSIONS: Although they may benefit from exercise, IBD patients experience considerable barriers to regular exercise secondary to the relapsing and remitting nature of IBD. Larger studies are needed to determine the effects of exercise on disease symptomatology and activity.

Alternate JournalDig. Dis. Sci.
PubMed ID26254773