Exercises for patients who are undergoing dialysis have been recognised, that are simple and can be easily performed at home (like walking) made a great impact on the quality life of the dialysis patients, says a new study published in Journal of American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The study included 296 dialysis patients. The team randomized normal physical activity or a low intensity exercise program for 20 minutes of walking at low-moderate speed every second day--of gradually increasing intensity over 6 months. After 6 months, the distance covered during a 6-minute walking test improved in the exercise group (average distance: baseline 328 m; 6 months 367 m) but not in the control group (baseline 321 m; 6 months 324 m). ‘Simple, home-based exercise like walking for 20 minutes a day improves physical and cognitive functioning in dialysis patients.’ Similarly, the 5 times sit-to-stand test time improved in the exercise group (average time: baseline 20.5 seconds; 6 months 18.2 seconds) but not in the control group (baseline 20.9 seconds; 6 months 20.2 seconds). Cognitive function and quality of scores improved significantly in the exercised arm compared with the control arm. "Poor physical functioning is perhaps the most pervasive and disabling disturbance in patients with advanced kidney disease who are on chronic dialysis," said Zoccali, the lead researcher. Adding, "While the effect of regular physical exercise training on physical performance in selected dialysis patients studied in standardized experimental settings in the laboratory is well documented, how exercise training should be articulated and implemented still remains an open problem. Source: ANI << Brain Stroke Affects One-fifth of Indians At Age 40 and Belo... Delhi’s Cruel Winter Air Can be Sometimes Fatal >> Recommended Reading Dialysis Dialysis is an artificial process for removing excess water and waste from the blood. Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are the types of dialysis. READ MORE Peritonitis Peritonitis, an inflammation of the peritoneum, is caused due to a bacterial or fungal infection that results mostly from rupture of an abdominal viscus. READ MORE Cardiovascular Effects of Both Standard Hemodialysis and Hemodiafiltration Experts have carried out the first ever scans to study the heart function of kidney patients while they are having dialysis treatment. READ MORE Acute Renal Failure Acute renal failure is the sudden cessation of the functioning of kidneys, that can be due to reduced renal blood flow, damage to renal tissues. READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Kidney Failure due to Melamine Toxicity Adulteration of food with melamine results in the formation of kidney stones and kidney failure, even leading to death. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Post-Nasal Drip Find a Hospital Find a Doctor More News on: Acute Renal FailureDialysisBody Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseKidney Failure due to Melamine ToxicityWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?