Diabetes: Exercise Can Help Reduce Liver Fat Levels

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Results from a Johns Hopkins study demonstrate that high liver fat levels (common in type 2 diabetes patients), can be greately reduced by exercising.

The study’s lead investigator, exercise physiologist Kerry Stewart, Ed.D., says the rise in the number of people with nonalcoholic fatty liver, mostly due to obesity, signals “a dark trend” because the disease, also called hepatic steatosis, may lead to cirrhosis and subsequent liver failure and transplantation, even cancer, as well as increased risk of diabetes-related heart disease.

In the study, one group of 39 men and women exercised for duration of 45 minutes, 3 times per week.  The ohter group of similar number was the control group and did not exercise. In the group that exercised, fat levels in their livers significantly decreased compared to the control group.

“People with type 2 diabetes have added reason to be active and to exercise, not just because it is good for their overall health, but also because our study results pinpoint a key benefit to trimming the fatty liver that complicates their illness and which could accelerate heart disease and liver failure,” says Stewart, a professor of medicine and director of clinical and research exercise physiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and its Heart and Vascular Institute.

Read the press release here…People with Type 2 Diabetes can put Fatty Livers on a Diet with Moderate Exercise

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