This is Science Today. About 300 thousand Americans
have what's called end stage renal disease, meaning
they need some form of therapy to do the work their
kidneys can no longer do. Dr. Kirsten Johansen, a
kidney disease specialist at the University of California,
San Francisco, says the vast majority of these patients
are on hemodialysis.
Because it's only three hundred thousand people, a
lot of people really don't know much about it. Patients
who have kidney disease sometimes think of dialysis
being almost like death and they're very afraid of
going on dialysis and dialysis isn't like that at
all - people can survive years and years on dialysis.
But it isn't perfect.
One of the problems dialysis patients face is malnutrition,
but Johansen has found that small doses of anabolic
steroids helped these patients bulk up and fight fatigue.
We're planning on a follow-up study where we're going
to look again at the anabolic steroids and really
do a little bit more investigating. What is happening
in the muscles with this? And to look at weightlifting
type of resistance exercise to see whether or not
by itself that has comparable effects.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.