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Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a group of disorders that result from the formation and progressive enlargement of cysts in the kidneys without dysplasia, usually leading to renal failure.

Heavy Lifting and Polycystic Kidney Disease

2014-07-16 01:40

Heavy Lifting and Polycystic Kidney DiseasePolycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder that is characterized by a cluster of cysts on the kidneys. Those cysts are fluid-filled sacs and when they grow to a large size, they are easy to rupture due to some outside forces. Heave lifting is dangerous for those with Polycystic Kidney Disease.

Activities should PKD patients avoid

For PKD patients, they are often told not to do strenuous exercise when they are diagnosed with kidney cyst. When the cyst enlarges, some strong exercise like football, basketball, and running, etc, are very dangerous for patients. Moreover, Polycystic Kidney Disease patient should also avoid over-tiredness, bending down, and heavy lifting.

Tips for fit exercise for Polycystic Kidney Disease patients

Even thought patients with PKD cannot do strenuous activities, they can benefit from some mild exercise. There are several tip for that.

1. What types of exercise can I do?

Choose continuous activity such as walking, swimming, bicycling (indoors or out), skiing, aerobic dancing or any other activities in which you need to move large muscle groups continuously.

Low-level strengthening exercises may also be beneficial as part of your program. Design your program to use low weights and high repetitions, and avoid heavy lifting.

2. How often can I do those exercise?

Exercise at least three days a week. These should be non-consecutive days, for example, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Three days a week is the minimum requirement to achieve the benefits of your exercise. Work toward 30-minute sessions. Remember to build up gradually to this level.

3. What situation should I stop the exercise?

During the exercise if you breathe very hard and even cannot speak with others, you should stop the exercise. If you also feel some discomforts such as much muscle soreness or protein or blood in urine, you should stop the exercise.

To sum up, for patients with Polycystic Kidney Disease, proper activities are very important for them. They should take enough rest and reasonable exercise based on their owe condition. You can consult our experts online for more suggestions.

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