Aerobic exercise may prove useful in counteracting those negative symptoms that may be related to hemodialysis and which may be experienced by patients with renal insufficiency according to a release published by the American Society of Nephrology. the press release refers to a new study published on March 25 on CJASN.
Symptoms experienced by patients with kidney failure include fatigue, muscle cramps, and sleep disturbances (some difficulty sleeping).
These are symptoms that can affect, in some way, even simple daily life and hemodialysis, in some cases, not only does not improve these symptoms but can even make them worse.
The research team, led by University of Manitoba researcher Clara Bohm, analyzed 15 previously published randomized studies. All of these studies focused on aerobic exercise and the effect it could have on patients, particularly on dialysis-related symptoms with a particular focus on symptoms such as restless legs syndrome, sleep disturbances, anxiety and depression, fatigue, and muscle cramps.
She and her team concluded that aerobic exercise can actually reduce several of the symptoms related to hemodialysis. These include restless legs syndrome, some symptoms of depression, muscle fatigue, and muscle cramps. The researcher says she has found that as little as 20-30 minutes of aerobic exercise done two to three times a week can improve these symptoms in those patients who are undergoing hemodialysis.
However, the same researcher admits that further research will need to be done to understand the effect of physical exercise on the common symptoms of these patients that these studies will have to have more «varied» subjects, ie people with different characteristics, for example, more women or older.