People from low socioeconomic backgrounds could reduce chronic kidney disease risk with regular exercise, study suggests
Press release issued: 12 July 2022
New research has found people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds who regularly exercise could substantially reduce their risk of chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease is linked to poor quality of life and an increased risk of death. Its treatment is also associated with high healthcare costs, with diabetes and high blood pressure major factors that contribute to the disease.
There is substantial evidence that regular physical activity and/or exercise can reduce the risk of disease. The study’s results suggest that people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds who regularly exercise can substantially reduce their risk of chronic kidney disease. Physical activity can give protection for many health outcomes, but it is widely reported that most people do not meet the recommended physical activity guidelines.
'High fitness levels offset the increased risk of chronic kidney disease due to low socioeconomic status: a prospective study' by Setor K. Kunutsor et al. in The American Journal of Medicine [open access]