Fresenius Medical Care Urges Dialysis Patients to Stay Active and Offers Fitness Tips During National Kidney Month

  Fresenius Medical Care Urges Dialysis Patients to Stay Active and Offers
  Fitness Tips During National Kidney Month

   Increased Physical Activity Can Build Strength and Flexibility, Improve
  Circulation, Digestion and Sleep, and Contribute to Better Quality of Life

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WALTHAM, Mass. -- March 7, 2013

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects millions of Americans and requires about
400,000 of those whose kidneys have failed to rely on life-sustaining dialysis
treatments to clean waste products and remove extra fluids from their blood.
Kidney failure is also often associated with heart disease, diabetes, high
blood pressure and other ailments – but despite these conditions,
incorporating a healthy lifestyle can help dialysis patients feel better.

Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation’s leading network of
dialysis facilities, wants people on dialysis to know that increased physical
activity – whether it’s walking, biking, dancing, gardening, swimming or
something else – can strengthen their heart and other muscles, increase joint
flexibility, improve circulation, digestion and sleep, and help to control
their blood pressure and body weight. Increased physical activity has also
been shown to reduce inflammation and depression, and to decrease the risk of

This March, during National Kidney Month, FMCNA is reaching out to dialysis
patients, as well as their families and caregivers, with the message that
regular physical activity is one of the best ways for patients to improve
their overall health and quality of life. For more information about FMCNA’s
National Kidney Month events, recipes and information, please visit

“Patients who focus on fitness and good nutrition may feel better and be more
functional,” says Dr. Dugan W. Maddux, vice president of chronic kidney
disease initiatives  at FMCNA. “Many patients also find that their energy
levels are higher if they make time for regular physical activities.”

Dialysis patients should talk with their physician before starting a new
fitness program. At FMCNA facilities, nurses, social workers and dietitians
are available to help patients of all fitness levels create customized
programs for increasing their physical activity when cleared to do so by the
patient’s physician. And, as the following tips from FMCNA illustrate, better
fitness often starts with simple changes in patients’ daily routines:

                      Fitness Tips for Dialysis Patients

  *Talk to your physician before starting an exercise program. Heart problems
    or difficulty walking, for example, may influence which activities are
    most appropriate.
  *Choose an activity you enjoy, such as walking, biking, dancing, gardening,
    swimming or yoga.
  *Start slow, beginning with 10 or 15 minutes of daily activity. Add more
    time after one or two weeks.
  *Build exercise into your daily routine, by:

       *Taking stairs instead of the elevator
       *Walking or biking, rather than driving
       *Taking your pet for a walk
       *Parking farther away from the store or clinic entrance
       *Pedaling or walking while watching TV
       *Moving to music while you clean

  *Stay loose, by stretching or doing yoga before starting aerobic exercise.
  *Get plenty of rest, by aiming for at least eight hours of sleep every
    night. The good news is, exercise can help you sleep better!

Patients can find additional fitness tips, exercise videos and other
information about staying active and maintaining a healthy diet at

About Fresenius Medical Care North America

Through our leading network of more than 2,100 dialysis facilities in North
America and our vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated
hospitals and nephrology practices, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal
services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States,
Mexico and Canada. We are also the continent’s top producer of dialysis
equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of
renal pharmaceuticals.

For more information about the company, visit; for information
about patient services, visit


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Jaclyn Petros, 1-617-638-0022
Fresenius Medical Care
Rosemary Heinold, 1-781-699-4171
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