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July 16, 2014

From JAMA’s Daily News Site

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JAMA. 2014;312(3):221. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.8420

Chalk up another benefit of walking for exercise: new research shows that among people with chronic kidney disease, walking may help prolong life and reduce the risk of needing dialysis or a kidney transplant.

The new study evaluated 6363 patients with moderate to end-stage kidney disease. On average, patients were aged 70 years and investigators followed up their exercise patterns for 1.3 years. During the follow-up period, walkers were 33% less likely to die and 21% less likely to need dialysis or a kidney transplant than nonwalkers. The more they walked, the more benefits they derived.

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