Kidney School™—a program of Medical Education Institute, Inc.

Module 12—Staying Active with Kidney Disease

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Did you know that half of all American adults have at least one chronic disease? As many as 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD). So, if you or a loved one have some degree of CKD, you are not alone. And one thing many of us share—whether we have a chronic disease or not—is not having as much energy as we used to have.

Staying active with CKD means having enough energy to do the things you love. This is part of what makes life worth living! In this module, we'll give you some ideas about how to stay active.

Are you really, really tired? Can you barely pull together the energy to sit and read this module? Why is it that people with CKD are often so tired? Here are the four common reasons we'll cover:

  1. Anemia (a shortage of oxygen-carrying red blood cells)
  2. Depression
  3. Poor sleep
  4. Lack of exercise

We'll also show you how to have more energy, and give you details on:

  • Sleep problems and how to deal with them
  • Why activity is vital to your life
  • How to become active and stay active
  • Common barriers to activity and how to overcome them

Take the Kidney Quiz!

You'll have a better sense of how much you're learning if you take our quick kidney quiz before you start. It's just 9 questions. How about it?

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We will give you a summary of the main points at the end of this module. You can use the Personal Plan as a reminder of what you've read. So, let's get started!

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