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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.

Benefits of Exercise for Polycystic Kidney Disease Patients

2013-07-10 15:36

Benefits of Exercise for Polycystic Kidney Disease PatientsWhat are the benefits of exercise for Polycystic Kidney Disease patients? Exercise can help PKD patients in a variety of ways. If you are overweight and have high blood pressure, exercise is a great way to to burn fat and control hypertension. If you have low immunity, you can get improvement in immune system from exercise. Learn to get biggest benefits from exercise.

Correct choice of exercise for PKD patients

Since numerous cysts develop in two kidneys, sometimes only one kidney, strenuous, bending or stretching activities can cause kidney cysts to rupture. Therefore, kidney experts usually recommend walking, swimming, golfing, biking, Tai Chi, Qigong and rowing for PKD patients, but they advise these patients to avoid football, basketball, horseback riding and strenuous sports.

Benefits of exercise for Polycystic Kidney Disease patients

In the early stage, exercise is considered as a good natural remedy to slow down the progression of PKD. As we know, one of complications related to this disease is hypertension, which in turn can cause further kidney damage and worsen patients’ condition. Exercise is an important tool to help manage hypertension.

As patients’ condition progresses, urinary tract infection is another complication of PKD that occurs easily. Regular exercise is able to help prevent urinary tract infection. However, if the infection has happened along with severe blood urine, patients are recommended to avoid any exercise but have a good rest on bed.

Generally, the more severe patients’ condition, the bigger their mental stress is. Walking, jogging, Tai Chi and other gentle forms of exercise is a good choice to deal with mental issues.


Adding 30 minutes of gentle exercise most days of the week, you can find obvious improvement in both your physical and mental condition. Because different patients have different condition, you had better choose the suitable exercise plan with the doctors’ guidance.

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