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Abstract: PO0821

Steady Exercise Improves Hand Grip and Leg Muscle Strength in Hemodialysis Patients

Session Information

Category: Dialysis

  • 701 Dialysis: Hemodialysis and Frequent Dialysis


  • Cha, Ran-hui, National Medical Center, Seoul, Seoul, Korea (the Republic of)

Sarcopenia due to chronic inflammation and biochemical disturbances in chronic kidney disease is severer and more prevalent in patients on hemodialysis (HD). We longitudinally evaluated the hand grip (HGS) and leg muscle strength (LMS) in patients receiving HD and tried to find factors associated with muscle strength.


We screened (January 2020 (n=127)) and followed up (June 2020 (n=110) and December 2020 (n=104)) HGS (opposite the fistula side) and LMS (both sides) at single center by using digital hand and leg dynamometer (T.K.K.5401 and 5710e/5715, Takei scientific instruments Co. Ltd., Niigata, Japan).


HGS and LMS showed good correlation (r = 0.658, p < 0.001). HGS (24.2 vs. 15.5 kg) and LMS (32.8 vs. 22.5 kg) were better in men (p < 0.001 and p < 0.001, respectively). Muscle strength was greater in men irrespective of age except for LMS in younger patients (< 60 years). Older patients (≥ 60 years) showed decreased LMS than others in women (p = 0.01). Patients who performed steady home- or hospital-based exercise showed marginally higher HGS (23.1 vs. 19.8 kg, p = 0.07) and significantly higher LMS (33.7 vs. 25.9 kg, p = 0.004). Steady exercise showed improvement of LMS throughout the study period (from January to June, p = 0.004, from January to December, p = 0.014). Multiple linear regression analysis proved male sex and steady exercise were factors associated with better HGS and LMS. Steady exercise showed greater impact on LMS in male patients with longer HD vintage (≥ 44 months) and on HGS in younger male patients with shorter HD vintage (< 44 months).


Sex, age, and steady exercise were important determinants of muscle strength in HD patients. And serum creatinine and dry weight, which reflects muscle mass, were also important in determining muscle strength. We need to encourage patients to do regular home- or group-exercise from the beginning of dialysis and introduce new feasible form of exercise for HD patients.