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Should you exercise if you have Crohn's disease?

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People often exercise to try to lose weight, but it may also help stop weight loss if you have Crohn's. Exercise may boost your appetite. Being active also helps strengthen bones and muscles, both of which can be weakened by Crohn’s. And building muscle may help you gain weight.

SOURCES:

American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition: "Nutrition and Crohn's Disease."

Eiden, K. , May 2003. Practical Gastroenterology

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Diet and Nutrition."

University of North Carolina School of Medicine: "Treatment of Crohn's Disease."

UCSF Medical Center: "Nutrition Tips for Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Treating Children and Adolescents" and "Living with Crohn's Disease."

Cleveland Clinic: "Diarrhea."

American Dietetic Association: "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Nutrition Therapy."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 19, 2018

SOURCES:

American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition: "Nutrition and Crohn's Disease."

Eiden, K. , May 2003. Practical Gastroenterology

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Diet and Nutrition."

University of North Carolina School of Medicine: "Treatment of Crohn's Disease."

UCSF Medical Center: "Nutrition Tips for Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Treating Children and Adolescents" and "Living with Crohn's Disease."

Cleveland Clinic: "Diarrhea."

American Dietetic Association: "Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Nutrition Therapy."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 19, 2018

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