Features July 2011 Issue

Exercise Benefits People with Fatty Liver Disease and Pre-Diabetes

Cleveland Clinic study finds that treadmill walking slows the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and improves your fat-burning ability.

An hour-long brisk walk every day may slow the progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in obese people with pre-diabetes. NAFLD is the result of fat accumulating in the livers of people who drink little or no alcohol, and it can lead to scarring of the liver and serious liver dysfunction. Researchers at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute found that daily exercise helps jump-start the metabolism and slows the oxidative damage caused by NAFLD. Jacob Haus, PhD, research fellow with the Department of Pathobiology at the Institute, says identifying exercise as an effective means of slowing NAFLD’s progress is especially helpful since the condition that does not present with symptoms until it is in an advanced state.

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