If you are one of the millions in the United States who are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), you might be surprised to learn what researchers are recommending to improve your health.
It’s weightlifting. You are about to learn how moderate weightlifting can help CKD patients increase their strength, energy, and cardiorespiratory fitness. And it’s easier than you may think.
Weightlifting offers substantial health benefits to those who have chronic kidney disease, according to research conducted across the Atlantic by the University of Leicester.
While there has been a growing consensus that chronic kidney disease patients should exercise regularly, until now, there has been a notable lack of specific exercise recommendations.
WHAT ARE THE RESEARCHERS SUGGESTING FOR CKD PATIENTS?
Researchers found that patients with non-dialysis kidney disease may considerably increase their strength and fitness by lifting weights for twelve weeks, three times a week.
Although aerobic exercises like cycling, rowing, and treadmill walking are helpful, the addition of resistance exercises – weightlifting – led to greater increases in muscle mass and strength than aerobic exercise alone.
Dr. Tom Wilkinson, who led the researchers, admitted, “There is limited research on the effects of exercise in CKD patients,” but he added that “both aerobic exercises and strength exercises are important.”
The CKD patients in the study pursued twelve weeks of supervised aerobic exercise (treadmill, rowing, or cycling) for thirty minutes, or combined training (aerobic exercise plus leg extension and leg press weight exercises), three times a week.
The exercise sessions were conducted at the exercise gym in the Leicester Diabetes Centre.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR OWN WEIGHTLIFTING PROGRAM?
If you are a chronic kidney disease patient, talk with your nephrologist before you begin any weightlifting program of your own.
You can use light dumbbells to provide resistance to your muscles. Exercises like arm curls, leg extensions using ankle weights, squats, and overhead arm extensions will help build muscles.
Most chronic kidney disease patients should pursue a weightlifting program using very light weights and high repetitions to avoid unnecessary heavy lifting.
WHICH CKD PATIENTS SHOULD NOT BE EXERCISING?
If you are a chronic kidney disease patient, do not exercise if you:
1. have recently changed your dialysis schedule
2. have recently changed your medication or medication schedule
3. have a recent major change in your medical condition
4. have a fever or feel overheated
Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S. It is estimated that approximately thirty million adults in this nation suffer with chronic kidney disease.
Medical malpractice, however, is actually the third leading cause of death in the U.S. It is inevitable that scores of chronic kidney disease patients are also going to be victims of medical malpractice.
WHAT ARE THE NUMBERS ON MEDICAL MALPRACTICE IN THE U.S.?
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, about 225,000 people die each year from medical malpractice, including approximately:
1. 12,000 fatalities from unneeded surgery
2. 7,000 fatalities from hospital medication errors
3. 20,000 fatalities from other hospital errors
4. 80,000 fatalities from preventable infections
5. 100,000 fatalities from the adverse effects of medications
WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF KIDNEY DISEASE ISN’T ACCURATELY DIAGNOSED?
Chronic kidney disease sufferers can be treated if CKD is diagnosed early and accurately.
However, if test results are misread or misinterpreted, and chronic kidney disease goes untreated, it may constitute medical malpractice.
An inaccurate diagnosis or improper treatment can lead to kidney failure, a lifetime of dialysis, or the need for a kidney transplant. In such cases, a wrongful death is too often the final result.
Medical malpractice is a violation of the “reasonable standard of care” established and offered by most healthcare providers.
WHAT ARE THE RIGHTS OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VICTIMS?
If your health has declined or your CKD has been exacerbated by a misdiagnosis or by improper treatment, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.
If you believe that you have been a victim of medical malpractice while seeking treatment for CKD, discuss your options and rights at once with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
When healthcare professionals do not provide a reasonable standard of care, they are negligent.
When medical negligence causes injury or harm, the patient is entitled to financial compensation.
With a medical malpractice claim, an injured CKD patient can be reimbursed for additional medical care, for lost income and earning potential, and for the personal pain and suffering that he or she has endured.
WHAT ARE THE OBLIGATIONS OF HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS?
While healthcare providers owe their patients a reasonable standard of care, they are not obligated to order every imaginable medical test.
Healthcare professionals are instead expected to provide the care equivalent to what other doctors typically offer in similar circumstances:
1. tests that are standard and reasonable depending on the patient’s condition
2. prompt examination and accurate assessment of lab results
3. consultation with a specialist when appropriate
4. referral to a specialist when appropriate
Every medical malpractice case is different, and every aspect of a medical malpractice case must be thoroughly considered from both the legal and medical viewpoints.
HOW CAN KIDNEY DISEASE PATIENTS PROTECT THEMSELVES?
If you are a chronic kidney disease patient, learn as much as you can about your doctors. Keep precise notes and records regarding your visits, prescriptions, and treatments.
Hopefully, you will never need those notes and records for legal reasons. Most doctors take all of the appropriate measures to reduce risks and the possibility of malpractice.
Those appropriate measures include thorough patient consultation and education prior to treatment or surgery, and proper follow-up care and treatment following treatment or surgery.
If you have been victimized by medical malpractice, take your complaint immediately to a good medical malpractice attorney.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIM TO PREVAIL?
In most states and in most cases, to prevail with a medical malpractice lawsuit, a malpractice victim’s attorney must prove that:
1. a healthcare professional or facility provided substandard care
2. the substandard care directly harmed or injured a patient
3. the extent of the harm or injury can be documented and quantified
A good medical malpractice lawyer can review your case to determine if a medical malpractice lawsuit is appropriate and feasible. If it is, you may be compensated for the injuries you’ve sustained.
If you are a CKD patient, and if you are the victim of a misdiagnosis, wrongful treatment, or a surgical mistake, speak now to a lawyer who will fight aggressively for the compensation you need and for the justice you deserve.