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Being physically active may reduce risk of kidney disease

National Kidney Foundation

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This study evaluated the association between physical activity and risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD). The authors conducted a secondary analysis of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, which is a community-based prospective multi-center cohort study of 15,792 middle-aged black and white men and women in the United States. During a median follow up of 24 years, 33.2% of participants developed CKD. After adjusting for confounding variables, the most physically active group had a statistically significant 11% reduction in risk of CKD when compared to the inactive group. Further research is needed to determine whether increasing physical activity can prevent the onset or progression of CKD.

Title: Association Between Mid-Life Physical Activity and Incident Kidney Disease: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study

Authors: Kaushik Parvathaneni, BS, Aditya Surapaneni, PhD, Shoshana H. Ballew, PhD, Priya Palta, PhD, Casey M. Rebholz, PhD, Elizabeth Selvin, PhD, Josef Coresh, MD, PhD, and Morgan E. Grams, MD, PhD

DOI: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2020.07.020

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