Exercise cuts risk of CKD in obese patients

AUSTRALIAN researchers have shown for the first time that being inactive increases the risk of chronic kidney disease, independent of obesity.

Researchers studied data from more than 6000 people in the population-based AusDiab study to see if there was an association between physical activity at baseline and risk of chronic kidney disease at the five-year follow-up.

They found that inactive people were 34% more likely to have albuminuria at baseline than people who did more than 150 minutes of physical activity a week after adjusting for age, sex and lifestyle risk factors.

Obese individuals who were inactive at baseline were most likely to have albuminuria, followed by obese individuals who had insufficient activity, defined as less than 150 minutes a week.

However, obese individuals who did get enough exercise had a similarly low risk of albuminuria at baseline as those who were not obese and got at least some exercise.