What is the safest exercise for someone with peritoneal dialysis?


Individuals with advanced medical conditions should always seek clearance from a qualified medical professional before engaging in exercise. 

Exercise can be beneficial for someone undergoing peritoneal dialysis.  The first step is to obtain a medical clearance from your medical team.  Your doctors may have recommendations on types of exercise.  Most exercise can be done safely.  So look for exercise that you enjoy and then perform the exercise at a safe duration and intensity.  If you are currently sedentary then start with 15 minutes at a low intensity.  A good rule is to use the "talk test".  If you can carry on a conversation without becoming out of breath then you are at an acceptable intensity.  Then as you become fit, increase the duration, 20 -30 minutes, but keep the intensity low.  Since exercise will have an affect on perscribed medications, consistant exercise is very important for the dialysis patient.  Keeping an accurate log of type of exercise, duration and intensity would also be benefical to ensure medical team has a correct account of exercise. 

Continue Learning about Dialysis


Healthy kidneys remove waste from your blood and produce hormones your body needs. If your kidneys fail, you either need a kidney transplant or dialysis. Dialysis is a procedure that uses a machine to perform many of the functions ...

of the kidney. Dialysis can help prevent problems resulting from kidney failure and it allows people with kidney failure to live productive lives. Dialysis filters your blood, and like a health kidney, removes waste from your blood. Patients using dialysis are also required to follow a strict diet in order to stay healthy. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. There are different advantages and disadvantages with both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Talk to your doctor about which type of dialysis would work better for you.

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