Many kidney-disease specialists have pointed that long term bed rest is not good for the recovery of disease and health. Proper exercises can have a lot of benefits for both heathy people and patients suffering from chronic renal failure.
Tai chi is a gentle exercise which is suitable for all ages and especially those that are weak and have chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney failure.
After a period of practicing of tai chi, patients can sense the following benefits.
Building up physical strength
Kidney failure patients should have low-protein diets to reduce burdens to the kidneys. Together with mental stress and loss of appetite, they often have lower immunity and are susceptible to cold, gastrointestinal tract infections which will in turn worsen kidney functions.
Proper exercises can to a certain degree improve their appetite and muscle atrophy due to lack of proteins so as to strengthen their physical fitness. What is more, proper exercises can enable them a good mood which is good for illness recovery.
Kidney failure patients all have varying degrees’ heart failure which has great damages to the patients and it will be even more sever if patients also have high blood pressure and anemia. Long term exercises are good method for controlling blood pressure and improving heart functions. Anemia can be alleviated through exercises.
Alleviating renal osteopathy
For those that have been on long term dialysis, they are easy to develop renal osteopathy due to lack of active vitamin D. Supplement of vitamin D through diets can not be absorbed and used by the body. And the supply of active vitamin agents can cause high blood calcium. While outdoor exercise is a naturally good and effective therapy for increasing vitamin D and alleviating renal osteopathy.
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