Capable of boosting heart, lung and bone health, warding off depression and keeping cancer at bay, it’s no exaggeration to call exercise a wonder drug.
And now researchers are discovering another upside: it can improve the effectiveness of drugs, such as those used in chemotherapy.
It can also counteract the side-effects of some treatments, with one recent study showing that 30 minutes of moderate-intensity cycling three times a week can dramatically improve the heart health of dialysis patients.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in patients with end-stage kidney disease. This is as a result of dialysis; while it helps to remove excess fluid and toxins (which build up as the kidneys fail), over time it can weaken the heart as the fluctuating fluid levels put it under stress.