Research shows that exercise protects liver health.
University of Arkansas doctoral student Megan Rosa-Caldwell was excited when she heard Yoshinori Ohsumi had won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in early October. She doesn’t know the Japanese cell biologist and hasn’t worked with him, but her research overlaps with his in one important area — autophagy, or the process of how cells clean themselves out.
A Greek term for self-eating, autophagy is pronounced aw-tof–uh-jee. A breakdown in the process is thought to be involved in the development of several diseases as well as the aging process. Rosa-Caldwell is looking specifically at the effect on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, about which she was lead author in a research article recently published by Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. The journal article is titled “Moderate Physical Activity Promotes Basal Hepatic Autophagy in Diet-Induced Obese Mice.”
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