Physical Activity and Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Prospective Study from the Nurses’ Health Study Cohorts

A recently published prospective cohort set out to determine if there was an association between physical activity and the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  The survey was mailed periodically assessing participants’ physical activity which was later categorized accordingly. If at any time, a participant reported symptoms of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (UC), the study required a confirmation of the diagnosis by blinded gastroenterologists. The results of the study showed that physical activity decreased the risk of Crohn’s disease, but not UC. How do you motivate yourself and your patients to move?

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