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How can exercise keep your muscles and joints working to treat ulcerative colitis (UC)?

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As many as 1 of every 4 people with inflammatory bowel disease have inflammation in their joints, too. Inflammation, as well as corticosteroid use and problems with nutrition, can lead to weaker muscles, which puts more strain on your joints.

Regular exercise makes your muscles stronger and helps your joints move more easily.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know About Osteoporosis."

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; colorectal surgeon, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Wolin, K.  , February 2009. British Journal of Cancer

American Cancer Society: "The Complete Guide -- Nutrition and Physical Activity."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Keeping Fit," "Extraintestinal Complications: Bone Loss," "Living with Ulcerative Colitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "About laparoscopic intestinal surgery."

Narula N. and Fedorak R.  , May 2008. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "What People With Inflammatory Bowel Disease Need to Know About Osteoporosis."

Patricia L. Roberts, MD, professor of surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston; colorectal surgeon, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Wolin, K.  , February 2009. British Journal of Cancer

American Cancer Society: "The Complete Guide -- Nutrition and Physical Activity."

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Keeping Fit," "Extraintestinal Complications: Bone Loss," "Living with Ulcerative Colitis."

Cleveland Clinic: "About laparoscopic intestinal surgery."

Narula N. and Fedorak R.  , May 2008. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on October 14, 2018

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