Exercise Beneficial in Chronic Kidney Disease

October 23 2014
Haemodialysis patients who exercised aerobically had greater health-related quality of life and lower rates of depression symptoms and mortality according to a prospective cohort study involving dialysis centres in 12 countries.

"Our findings provide further support to the promotion of physical activity programs in hemodialysis units," write Antonio Alberto Lopes, MD, PhD, from the Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Federal University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil, and colleagues.

The work was published online October 2 and in the October 7 issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns study (DOPPS) is based on nationally representative samples of dialysis facilities and patients in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This analysis included 5763 patients (out of a total 11,733) who completed the physical activity questionnaires, could walk, and had data on outcomes available. These patients were younger, had more time on dialysis, and had a lower prevalence of comorbid conditions compared with the patients who were excluded from the analysis.

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