Are Computers Better than Doctors at Detecting Lung Cancer? 
August 26, 2016
Antioxidant Therapies Seen as Promising Approach in Treating MS
August 29, 2016
Show all

Exercise Could Save Your Liver 

Exercise improves liver health.

It’s pretty widely known that chronic over-indulgence in alcoholic beverages can play havoc with one’s liver — in extreme cases ending up with cirrhosis and a non-functioning organ. But non-drinkers can also have liver problems. In particular, there is one called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, which is a risk factor for chronic liver disease and cardiovascular disease, according to the authors of a recent report  in JAMA Internal Medicine. NAFLD is a condition in which triglycerides (fats) accumulate within liver cells. If the accumulation is extensive enough it can trigger inflammation and a condition known as steatosis, which can then progress to irreversible cirrhosis.

The authors of the report conducted a randomized clinical trial to investigate the effects of different levels of exercise on NAFLD in obese Chinese adults. Led by Dr. Hui-Jie Zhang from the First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, they randomly assigned 220 adults (40-65 years of age) with  abdominal obesity and NAFLD – documented by MRI – to one of three exercise conditions. They were particularly interested in ascertaining whether vigorous versus moderate exercise differently affect NAFLD. The three groups were:

  • VM: vigorous exercise for 6 months followed by moderate exercise for 6 months.
  • M: moderate exercise for 12 months
  • C: control — no exercise program.

Participants in the VM group jogged on a treadmill for 30 minutes, 5 days per week, at an intensity equal to 65-80 percent of maximum predicted heart rate. After 6 months, they switched to a moderate level of activity. At this level they walked briskly (about 120 steps per minute) for 30 minutes, 5 days per week. This was about 45-55 percent of maximum heart rate. The M group did the moderate level of activity for the entire 12 months of the study. The C group was asked not to change their activity level. And all three groups were instructed not to change their customary dietary intake.

Read Full Article: Exercise Could Save Your Liver | American Council on Science and Health

Read Full Article: Exercise Could Save Your Liver | American Council on Science and Health

The health and medical information on our website is not intended to take the place of advice or treatment from health care professionals. It is also not intended to substitute for the users’ relationships with their own health care/pharmaceutical providers.

Comments are closed.