Kidney Disease Patients Can Benefit From Exercise: Study
“I’m working with people who are 500 pounds and doing Crossfit on a regular basis,” said Harper, who described the approximately 20-minute workout as well-balanced. “To me Crossfit just completely makes sense (as long as) you work at your level doing the things you can do with proper coaching,” he explained. But Dr. Mark Kelly, an exercise physiologist at the American Council on Exercise, said that even with supervision, Crossfit can be risky if the fitness groundwork isn’t in place. “Crossfit has very ballistic training. You’re asking people to move fast through a large range of motion.
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Nicole Isbel, of Princess Alexandra Hospital and University of Queensland in Australia, said in the news release. Importantly, patients in the exercise group also showed improved heart function. People with chronic kidney disease have a high risk of premature death from heart disease , the study authors noted. Erin Howden, also of Princess Alexandra Hospital and University of Queensland, stated that the “findings suggest that with the inclusion of structured exercise training and the right team support, improvements in fitness are achievable even in people with multiple health issues.” And Howden added in the news release: “Improvements in fitness translate not only to improved health outcomes, but result in gains that are transferable to tasks of everyday life.” However, before it can be determined that this type of program can help reduce kidney disease patients’ risk of dying prematurely from heart disease, larger studies with longer follow-up are needed, Howden said. About 60 million people worldwide have chronic kidney disease. — Robert Preidt Copyright 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.
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