April 5, 2012

Benefits of regular walking exercise in advanced pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease

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This prospective study of 40 patients with stage 4-5 CKD assessed the benefits of 6 months of regular walking.  Self-reported improvements were noted in exercise tolerance, quality of life and uremic symptoms.  While more studies need to be done with larger patient populations to understand the nature and mechanism of these benefits, this study does provide evidence that can be used to encourage patients with CKD to increase their level of physical activity.

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