About 10 per cent of Australians suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD) an irreversible condition that’s on the rise. It leads to declining kidney function and reduced life expectancy. But CQUniversity researchers have now found a solution that might put the brakes on this disease.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a technique where you give 100% effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise. After trialling an 8-week HIIT program, CQUniversity researchers Patrick Tucker and Dr Vincent Dalbo found that several of the most important clinical markers associated with CKD were significantly improved.
They also discovered that at a molecular level, HIIT could help reduce the damage caused by a wide range of other chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, as well as CKD.
This discovery will not only save and enhance the lives of CKD sufferers, but cut expensive healthcare costs associated with CKD, which are currently more than $1 billion. That’s why funding for our universities is crucial, if we want to keep Australia clever and healthy.
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