Exercise Benefits People with Fatty Liver Disease and Pre-Diabetes

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 Clinics 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 NAFLDs progress is especially helpful since the condition that does not present with symptoms until it is in an advanced state.

Resistance Training offers Multiple Benefits for Heart Patients

People with heart disease may soon get an unexpected prescription from their doctor: lift weights. It has become increasingly clear that the indirect benefits of resistance training may be as valuable as the direct benefits provided by aerobic exercise. "If you are somewhat frail, you will gain significantly by lifting weights," says Gordon Blackburn, PhD, director of the Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic. "The activity will make you stronger, which will minimize your risk of falling and make it easier to perform the basic activities of daily living."

Aerobic Exercise Helps Heart Failure Patients

The words "heart failure" may sound ominous, but its a common condition that is often managed successfully with medications and healthy lifestyle choices. About five million Americans live with heart failure (HF), according to the American Heart Association. One of the activities most beneficial to patients with stable HF is aerobic exercise, according to a review of 14 studies published in the June 19 Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Reviewers found that several indicators of heart function improved [IMGCAP(1)]with aerobic exercise. However, even if your HF is stable, its essential to adhere to specific exercise recommendations to prevent further damage to your heart.

Stack the Cardiac Cards In Your Favor with Exercise

"Only about 20-30 percent of patients eligible for a cardiac rehab program ever follow up with one," says Gordon Blackburn, Ph.D., program director of the Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic. But if youve had bypass surgery or a heart attack and you dont exercise regularly, you are stacking the deck against yourself.

Exercising Your Arms May Reduce Leg Pain, Improve Blood Flow

According to a study recently presented at the American Heart Associations Scientific Sessions, exercising your arms may help reduce leg discomfort associated with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PAD is a common condition that affects eight to 12 million Americans, and is characterized by a blockage of the arteries that supply blood to the legs, resulting in pain, tightness, and/or weakness during walking.

Rx for Success: Customize Your Cardiac Workout

Your heart, like other muscles in your body, gets stronger with exercise. If you suffer from heart disease, it may be beneficial for you to establish a regular exercise schedule. Gordon Blackburn, PhD, an associate staff member in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, provides helpful advice for cardiac patients hoping to develop an exercise plan.