Dialysis Patients Report Fatigue and Reduced Sex Drive


Dec 23, 2022

Dialysis Patients Report Fatigue and Reduced Sex Drive

Dialysis Patients Report Fatigue and Reduced Sex Drive

Fatigue, reduced sex drive, and sexual arousal were named as the most burdensome symptoms experienced by dialysis patients, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The study, which involved over 1,500 dialysis patients, found that these symptoms significantly impacted their quality of life and daily functioning.

Fatigue was the most commonly reported symptom, with over 60% of patients experiencing it. Reduced sex drive and sexual arousal were also commonly reported, with around 40% of patients experiencing these symptoms.

The study's lead author, Dr. Sarah Faubel, commented on the findings, saying,

"These findings highlight the need for nephrologists and other healthcare providers to address the sexual health and well-being of dialysis patients, as these symptoms can significantly impact their quality of life and daily functioning."

The study also found that female patients were more likely to experience reduced sex drive and sexual arousal, while male patients were more likely to experience fatigue. The researchers suggest that this may be due to hormonal imbalances caused by dialysis treatment.

Overall, the study emphasizes the importance of addressing the physical and emotional well-being of dialysis patients, including their sexual health. Further research is needed to identify effective interventions for managing these symptoms and improving the quality of life for dialysis patients.

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Rich Foreman brings over 30 years of technology leadership to his role of CEO and Co-Founder of KidneySoft.  As founding CTO, Rich led the team that developed the CordicoShield / CordicoFire Wellness App. Cordico was honored with the Sacramento Innovation Award in 2021. After achieving a 7 digit ARR, Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020. Rich has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington, an MPA from Troy State University and was an officer in the U.S. Navy. Rich co-authored his book, "Tap into the Mobile Economy." Rich's blog was listed in Top 20 Marketing Mobile Blogs of 2014. He has been featured on KCRA3, NEWS10, 1170 Tech AM PowerDrive, Business Radio Money 105.5, SiliconIndia, the Sacramento Business Journal, and the Sacramento Bee. Rich is also the Founding Director of the Sacramento Chapter of Startup Grind and served a term as Utility Commissioner for the City of Folsom. Rich is a regular contributor to TechWire.net and StartupSac. Rich was the Co-founder of Apptology which was named Small Business of the Year in 2014 by the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber. He was also the Founding Chief Technology Officer at Cordico. Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020.  Rich also served 4 years as a Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps.

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