Chronic kidney disease is a serious health problem that can cause a lot of issues in the body. Patients with kidney failure have abnormalities in their body's mineral metabolism, which can lead to problems with their bones and heart. It can even cause death in some cases. But a study conducted in a hemodialysis center may have found a solution to this problem.
The trial involved 44 adult patients with chronic kidney disease who were receiving hemodialysis. The researchers randomly assigned the patients to two groups: one group that did intradialytic exercise (pedaling on a cycle ergometer) for 60 minutes during their dialysis sessions and one that didn't exercise. They wanted to see if exercising during dialysis could help regulate the abnormal mineral metabolism in patients with chronic kidney disease.
After six months, the researchers checked to see if there were any changes in the patients' bodies. They found that the patients who did exercise during dialysis had better levels of parathyroid hormone, calcium, and phosphorus in their blood which help with bones.
Their phosphorus and parathyroid hormone levels went down, while their calcium levels went up. Also, the levels of alkaline phosphatase and calcium-phosphorus products that help with bones went down in the exercise group. This is a significant finding because it means that doing exercise during dialysis can help patients with chronic kidney disease keep their bones healthy.
The study showed that intradialytic exercise can improve bone mineral metabolism in adult patients receiving hemodialysis. The researchers believe that further studies should focus on observing the effect of different types of exercise on bone mineral disorders and all-cause mortality in hemodialysis patients. This means that more research needs to be done to see if different types of exercise can help patients even more and if it can make them live longer.