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Title: Exercise in kidney disease and diabetes: time for action.
Authors: Smith, AC
Burton, JO
First Published: Feb-2012
Citation: J REN CARE, 2012, 38 Suppl 1, pp. 52-58
Abstract: Physical inactivity is well recognised as a major health issue in today's society. Regular exercise is important in maintaining health and preventing chronic disease, it is increasingly accepted as a valuable therapeutic intervention in many long-term conditions. Unfortunately the role of physical activity in renal disease has been largely overlooked and provision of exercise advice and rehabilitation programmes for kidney patients lags well behind that of cardiology and pulmonary services. Research indicates that exercise can impact positively upon many of the health issues associated with declining renal function and renal replacement therapy, as concluded by a recent Cochrane review on the topic. As exercise should be integral to the management of diabetes, the issue is particularly relevant for patients with diabetic kidney disease. This paper summarises what is known about the main effects of exercise training in chronic kidney disease and diabetic kidney disease, and suggests how adaptations in the attitudes and approaches of the multidisciplinary renal and diabetes healthcare teams can help patients to enjoy the diverse benefits of an appropriately active lifestyle.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1755-6686.2012.00279.x
eISSN: 1755-6686
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation

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