Exercise has long been touted as a wonderful way to keep the body as healthy as possible, keeping blood flowing to all the organs and oxygen levels high. It can help prevent numerous chronic health issues and even release stress-busting endorphins. The script changes, however, when you factor in any sort of kidney problems. What may once have been a natural remedy, could now be a danger lying in wait. One of the areas where this can be observed is the focus of a new study showcasing the connection between bone health (which is typically weakened by CKD) and exercise.
Research was conducted to examine the relationship between physical activity and bone-imaging results in adults with stages 1 through 3 of CKD. Luckily, out of the six observational and seven experimental studies included, physical activity was associated with bone mineral density at the femoral neck, lumbar spine and total body but without bone biomarkers. Researchers also found that resistance exercise, in particular, seemed to benefit bone mass at the proximal femur and femoral neck, improving bone resorption and bone formation.
What the study truly highlights is how vital physical activity is, not only to mitigating some of the other prevalent concomitant problems faced by those with chronic kidney issues, like anxiety and high blood pressure, to name but a few, but also at maintaining a strong core and bone health that is more resistant to breaks, fractures and the like, which statistics have shown occur at a higher rate in CKD patients.
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