Practice Yoga to protect kidney

Yoga is a worthy lifestyle intervention to pursue and improve blood pressure control to protect our kidneys, says Suresh Shankar, nephrologist and senior vice president, NephroPlus.

In our current day lives, inappropriate nutrition, stress, and inadequate physical activity results in unhealthy lifestyle and are salient drivers of kidney disease.

“Interventions utilizing lifestyle modifications could play an important role in improving health of chronic kidney and dialysis patients. Aerobic and resistance exercises have significant positive effects on physical fitness, functional capacity, muscle strength, and blood pressure in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease,” he said.

He further said that a recent small, randomised study published in the International Journal of Yoga, showed benefits to patients with chronic kidney diseases.

“Patients who underwent a structured Yoga intervention for 6 months had a statistically significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure and significant improvements in the physical and psychological domain of QOL (quality of life) through Yoga,” he added.