Staying Active

End-stage kidney disease (ESRD) is the last stage of chronic kidney disease. To solve this problem, the only solution is undergoing kidney dialysis or a kidney transplant. People diagnosed with ESRD may lack energy due to the following reasons:

  • Anaemia – a shortage of oxygen-carrying red blood cells
  • Depression
  • Poor sleep
  • Lack of exercise
  • Inadequate dialysis

You can get a lot from doing regular activities for your body. Below is a list of benefits you can get from staying active:

  • Allows you to do the things you enjoy
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Keeps your joints flexible
  • Strengthens bones
  • Lowers risk of heart disease
  • Improves circulation
  • Production of more red blood cells
  • Combats depression
  • Improves sleep
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Controls blood sugar

However, one should always know their limits. Don’t overdo things and go easy on yourself. You should stop doing physical activities right away as soon as you experience the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Leg cramps
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Blurred vision

Also, make sure to consult with your healthcare professional first with regards to which activities are particularly suitable to your specific needs.

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