The role of physical activity in the CKD setting

Filippo Aucella, Giuseppe Lucio Valente, Luigi Catizone

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A sedentary lifestyle contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and probably cancer in the general population; this cluster of disease may be defined the diseasome of physical inactivity. Also in CKD/ESRD patients physical activity is strikingly low. As a result of growing evidence suggestive of cardiovascular benefit among the CKD population with exercise, the National Kidney Foundation recommended counseling by nephrologists to increase patients' levels of physical activity in their guideline about management of cardiovascular disease. Therefore, to maintain the well-being and functional capacity of renal patients attention should be directed toward maintaining strength and aerobic fitness as well as focusing on renal function and anemia or other comorbidities. All CKD/ESRD patients should be counseled and regularly encouraged by nephrology and dialysis staff to increase their level of physical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-106
Number of pages10
JournalKidney and Blood Pressure Research
Publication statusPublished - Apr 18 2014


  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Dialysis
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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