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Rheumatology (Oxford). 2007 May;46(5):868-71. Epub 2007 Feb 17.

Effects of exercise on aerobic capacity and fatigue in women with primary Sjogren's syndrome.

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  • 1Department of Rheumatology, Malmö University Hospital, SE-205 02 Malmö, Sweden. britta.strombeck@skane.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the effect of a moderate to high intensive exercise program on two primary outcomes (aerobic capacity, fatigue), and three secondary outcomes [anxiety, depression and health-related quality of life (HRQoL)] in women with primary Sjögren's syndrome (primary SS).

METHODS:

Twenty-one women with primary SS were ranked according to degree of fatigue and allocated to an exercise group (TG; n = 11) or a control group (CG; n = 10). The exercise method was Nordic walking for 45 min three times a week for 12 weeks. Outcome measures assessed at baseline and after 12 weeks were aerobic capacity, fatigue, ratings of perceived exertion (RPE), anxiety, depression and HRQoL.

RESULTS:

Nine women in the TG and 10 women in the CG completed the study. Analysis showed significant differences between the groups regarding aerobic capacity (P = 0.03), fatigue (P = 0.03), RPE (P = 0.03), and depression (P = 0.02) with the better values for the TG. There were no differences in anxiety or HRQoL.

CONCLUSION:

Our findings support the use of appropriate aerobic exercise in the treatment of primary SS.

PMID:
17308315
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