Kidney dialysis patients could benefit immensely from physical activity. Extensive research in the medical field has repeatedly shown that the benefits of exercise outstrip those derived from medications.
- Research in Italy reveals that a simple exercise program that involves a few minutes of walking benefits dialysis patients immensely.
- The low intensity regimen includes a 20 minute walk at low-to-moderate speed every second day. The intensity was increased gradually over a six months period.
- The exercise helped people improve lower body strength and mental function.
“Poor physical functioning is perhaps the most pervasive and disabling disturbance in patients with advanced kidney disease who are on chronic dialysis,” Zoccali said in a journal news release.
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