A Way For Chronic Kidney Disease And Diabetics To Reduce Their Risk Of Death By As Much As 59%

While most live with a healthy sense of their own mortality, for those with Chronic Kidney Disease as well as those with Diabetes, this "sense" is all too real, and can lead to severe stress and anxiety. Current figures suggest that 1 out of 3 adults with severe kidney disease have four or more other ailments, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease or dementia. WebMD has stated that, "Diabetes cuts about 8.5 years off the life span of the average 50-year-old compared to a 50-year-old without diabetes."

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Although, the entire mission of KidneyBuzz.com is to prove to you that these statistics are really just numbers on paper, it would be wrongheaded of us to make such a statement without acknowledging that Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients must take appropriate steps to live fulfilling, high quality lives. In this case, we are literally referring to "steps" YOU can take to drive down your risk of dying from Chronic Kidney Disease or Diabetes.

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Researchers have shown, that walking for just 30 minutes each week is 'beneficial' in helping Chronic Kidney Disease patients extend their lifespan. Specific figures suggest that Chronic Kidney Disease patients (stages 3-5) who walked 1-2 times a week were 17% less likely to die than patients who did not walk. Moreover, those who walked 3-4, 5-6, and 7+ times a week were 28%, 58% and 59% less likely to die, respectively.

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For Diabetics, it has been found that 3, ten-minute walks per week can help in lowering blood glucose levels, improving the body's ability to use insulin, reducing risk of heart disease or stroke, raising good cholesterol levels while lowering bad cholesterol levels, lowering stress levels, and strengthening muscles and bones. In fact, 15 minute walks after meals can prevent Diabetes if you are at risk, suggests USA Today. 

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Study Researcher Dr. Che-Yi Chou, M.D. said, "A minimal amount of walking -- just once a week for less than 30 minutes -- appears to be beneficial, but more frequent and longer walking may provide a more beneficial effect." There you have it! Simple things such as walking a few minutes throughout your week can make a BIG difference as it relates to your health outcomes and lifespan. For more strategies on how Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetic patients can better manage their lives, visit KidneyBuzz.com every day as well as Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter.  

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