Dialysis patients’ depression and anxiety ‘due to physical limitations’

29 May 2014

New research has indicated that dialysis patients’ anxiety and depression could be linked to physical impairments. 

The study, published in the Journal of Renal Nutrition, analysed a group of adults undergoing hemodialysis and found that higher rates of depression and anxiety could be linked to their impaired physical exercise capability and limited daily activity.

It was also revealed that dialysis patients suffering from depression and anxiety saw the greatest impairments in physical exercise performance and daily physical activity. 

Researchers found that 43 per cent of these particular patients had anxiety, while 33 per cent were experiencing depression. 

Lead researcher, Joel D Kopple, of Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, commented: "Our study found an association between reduced daily physical activities and depression and anxiety. 

“Also, the capacity to perform physical exercise was diminished in these patients. These findings provide a strong rationale for studying whether increased daily physical activity can reduce depression and anxiety among adults undergoing dialysis."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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