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Physical activity in men with inflammatory arthritis

One for us men with RA. A Danish study reported in the BSR Journal, Rheumatology. Exercise is particularly good for combatting fatigue. This (below) is from the abstract to the report, link at the bottom. Maybe Michael Mosley will mention the issue on BBC1 8pm tonight...

Physical activity is recommended as an essential part of the non-pharmacological management of inflammatory joint disease, but previous research in this area has predominantly included women. The aim of this study was to examine physical activity behaviour in men with inflammatory joint disease.

Conclusion

A majority of men with inflammatory joint disease do not meet the recommendations of regular physical activity. Both sociodemographic and clinical parameters were associated with engagement in physical activity, and fatigue especially seems to play a pivotal role in explaining suboptimal physical activity behaviour in this patient group.

doi.org/10.1093/rheumatolog...

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I think your right as since I've been doing body conditioning 2 a week it has certainly helped my fatigue

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I'm not sure. My daily training for cycle-competition leaves me fairly tired usually! It might have something to do with my age I suppose. I definitely do not recover as fast as I did 20-30 years ago! But you don't get fitter and faster by just sitting on the sofa!!

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Not a man and have PA but excercise def. helps...not only fatigue but pain as well......

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I tried following the link and registered,They wanted £27 for a 24hr look at the report.I was interested as I walk and swim everyday I’m sure it’s helping even with the fatigue.I will spend the £27 on gym membership rather then read about it.

Regards Mike

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I'm not quite sure why they thought men and women with RD would be any different in terms of fatigue? Watched Michael Mosley: really good, 5 minutes exercise 3 times a week, suits me!

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Nor me. But why is the proportion of women to men with RD 3:1? It can't all be down to non-reporting of the condition by men. So why is there a gender-based difference, and does this extend to pain, fatigue, flares, joint effects, response to medicines, etc?

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I wish I knew why more women are affected too, it's a mystery! See what you mean - that's why they did it. Exercise definitely helps me especially swimming, was being flippant about Mosely 😄

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