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Aerobic Activity 'Prolongs Life for Dialysis Patients'

Aerobic activity linked to prolonged life for dialysis patients According to the NHS, over 40,000 people living in the UK are affected by kidney failure. More than half of this number receive dialysis, with the majority being over 65.

A recent study by the American Society of Nephrology showed that there's a very strong link between aerobic physical activity and prolonged life for kidney failure patients on dialysis. The study, published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, indicated that patients on dialysis could improve their health through appropriate exercise.

The study

Researchers examined 5,763 patients who were enrolled in the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study. They classified the patients into five categories of aerobic physical activity, ranging from never active to very active. They also took into account the amount of physical activity the patient did that worked to enhance their muscle strength and flexibility through a Rapid Assessment of Physical Activity questionnaire.

Aerobics works

The researchers followed up with the patients 18 months later and were able to link aerobic activity, but not strength and flexibility activity, to health-related quality of life. They found that aerobic activity helped prevent depression symptoms and premature death. Those who were active were found to be 40 per cent less likely to die over the course of the follow-up than those who were never active.

After the examination of subgroups categorised by age, gender, time on dialysis and diabetes, similar associations with aerobic activity were discovered. Although aerobic activity wasn't linked to prolonged survival in dialysis patients with heart failure, it was positively associated with health-related quality of life while reducing depressive symptoms.

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