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Exercises in Stage 5 PKD

Exercises in Stage 5 PKDPolycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) refers to a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous fluid-filled cysts in the kidneys. Approximately 50% of individuals with autosomal dominant PKD progress to kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). In this article, let's have a look at exercises for people with Stage 5 PKD.

Best exercises for Stage 5 PKD

For polycystic kidney disease patients who are on or not on Dialysis, exercise is highly recommended, as it not only beneficial physically, but also emotionally. However, consult the kidney doctor before beginning any exercise program.

Good choices of sports include biking, jogging, running, golf, rowing, tennis, walking, yoga, Tai Chi, and stretching, etc.


Contact sports where the kidneys may be hurt should either by avoided or protective pads should be worn. These sports include basketball, football, rugby, hockey, and particularly boxing or kickboxing. Other sports like horseback riding and cross-country biking may cause blood in the urine in ADPKD patients.

Other precautions to take also include: Always stay well hydrated. Drink enough water according the doctor's advice. Take excess caution when exercising in extreme heat, because more sweating. Physical activities that can pain in the kidney area should be avoided.

Remember, nearly every Stage 5 PKD patient can do some type of exercise. It will help build energy, sleep better and reduce risk of other illness. You can consult our online doctor about the most suitable exercise program and ideas on what kind of exercises you can enjoy. Any question? Please leave a message in the below. Take care!

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