Over 100,000 patients in the United States start dialysis treatment each year at an annual cost of over $40 billion. The Intra Hemodialytic Oral Protein and Exercise (IHOPE) study is an ongoing research project investigating the impact of nutrition and exercise during dialysis on heart disease risk factors, bone health, and physical function. The study has been running for two years and includes dialysis patient living in Champaign-Urbana and surrounding areas, as well as Chicago. With this combination of nutrition and exercise, the IHOPE project hopes to not only improve disease risk factors, but also improve physical function and quality of life in those undergoing dialysis treatments.
The IHOPE study is a National Institutes of Health-funded project. For more information on the study, visit the IHOPE page on ClinicalTrials.gov.