'Intense' way to slow progression of Chronic Kidney Disease: research

27 May, 2015

People diagnosed with early stages of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) could be best to start high-intensity interval training rather than low-intensity aerobic exercise or relaxation (sedentary behaviour), if doctor's advice allows.

That's according to CQUniversity researchers who are aware that most CKD-related complications stem from cardiovascular issues such as high blood pressure. Often, aerobic exercise is prescribed to reduce these complications.

It's estimated that more than 3 million Australians have at least one marker of kidney damage or dysfunction, putting them at risk of developing CKD.

Patrick Tucker and his colleagues Dr Aaron Scanlan and Dr Vincent Dalbo used animal model studies to track clinical markers of cardiovascular and renal health.

"As new and existing cases of CKD progress to the extent that they require dialysis or renal transplantation, the existing burden on the healthcare system will increase considerably," Patrick says.

"Our results indicate that high-intensity interval training is a more potent regulator of several clinical markers that describe and influence health in CKD."

The results have been published in the BioMed Research International journal.