Physical activity, an ally against intestinal inflammation!

Physical activity, an ally against intestinal inflammation!
Physical activity, an ally against intestinal inflammation!

PFor Dr Julien Scanzi, gastroenterologist in Clermont-Ferrand, “a sedentary lifestyle can worsen IBD symptoms, increase inflammation and lead to loss of muscle mass. On the other hand, regular physical activity can reduce inflammation, improve gut health, strengthen the immune system, maintain weight and muscle mass, reduce anxiety and pain, and improve quality of life. »

Despite these benefits, two thirds of IBD patients reduce or give up physical activity. And this for several reasons, because of the intense fatigue linked to the disease but also due to digestive symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal pain. Some also mention lack of motivation and fear of hurting themselves. Finally, few patients are aware of the existence of adapted physical activity. Which is based on a doctor’s prescription and offers specific supervision.

“Because it has now been demonstrated that IBD are environmental diseases, it is crucial to make patients responsible for their health,” explains Anne Buisson, director of Afa Crohn RCH France. “Afa informs and supports them in order to improve their quality of life and give them levers of action to limit the risks induced by environmental factors, including diet and physical activity. »

Let’s get moving!

Through the “IBD Enter the Games” campaign, Afa Crohn RCH France, a national association of patients, wishes to encourage the practice of physical activity among patients suffering from IBD. It is also a way to raise awareness of other factors that can impact the disease: tobacco and ultra-processed food, in particular. Factors on which we can act to improve our quality of life, and limit the risks of worsening of the disease!

Other stated objectives are to promote the experiences of athletes with IBD and to challenge decision-makers to take IBD into account as a public health problem in its own right (increase in cases, particularly among younger people). It is also an opportunity to highlight patient testimonials. Like Lisenn Legendre, now 23 years old, who has suffered from ulcerative colitis (UC) since she was 16. “From my college years I got into the habit of practicing sporting activities. The mental rest that I feel after each session improves my life every day. It soothes my anxieties. »

What events around World Day?

A Webconference “Physical activity: IBD category! How can movement improve the gut microbiota and quality of life with IBD? », in the presence of Laëtitia Besnard, track cycling hour record holder and sufferer of ulcerative colitis, Dr Julien Scanzi, gastroenterologist (Clermont-Ferrand) and microbiota expert, and Pétia Popova, sports coach of the ‘afa. For more information: www.afa.asso.fr/journee-mondiale-des-mici-2024. Three online IBD special physical activity workshops: “Senior” // “Tips and tricks for practicing physical activity on a daily basis” // “Managing stress” (registration via the AFA website)
On social networks: People affected by IBD and all those sensitive to the cause are invited to share a physical activity, in purple, the color of the cause: #WorldIBDday Objective, in order to encourage movement and raise numbers on social networks ! To find all the events in the region, Afa Crohn RCH France offers an interactive map on its site www.afa.asso.fr

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