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Are Exercise Beneficial in Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease

Provided by Expert Zhang Youkang on 2012-10-14 14:06

Are Exercise Beneficial in Stage 3 Chronic Kidney DiseaseChronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a progressive disease with 5 stages. Stage 3 CKD is also called moderate chronic kidney disease and precedes severe (stage 4) and end stage (stage 5). At stage 3 kidney disease, patients have started to lose muscle mass and show increasing atrophy of the thigh muscle with continuous decline of kidney function. However, exercise is essential for patients with Stage 3 CKD. Regular physical activities can prolong life for people with kidney dysfunction.

Should you exercise if you have Stage 3 CKD?

Talk to your doctor about starting or continuing a program you are already on when you detect you have this disease. For people who are not currently exercising and their physical condition does not prevent them from exercising, your doctor may recommend you start a program.

What kind of exercises should you do with Stage 3 CKD?

Your doctor may recommend a program that is suited for you according to your current physical condition and past history of exercises. In case you have not exercised for a period of time, your doctor may want you to start slowly.

How do exercises benefit someone with Stage 3 CKD?

There is a variety of benefits:

▪ Follow a regular exercise regime can keep your weight and blood pressure down. It is a great way to burn fat.

▪ Help strengthen muscles, such as one of the most important muscles in your body, the heart.

▪ In addition to physical benefits, they can reduce depression and anxiety, as well as improve your psychological well-being.

The above facts suggest that increase physical activity might have a lot of benefit in the CKD population. This is particularly important as most people with Stage 3 CKD die before they develop End Stage Renal Disease. Exercises are essential to extend the lives of people suffering from kidney disease and renal dysfunction.

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