Scientists at the University of Sokuba say that regular exercise and weight loss can reduce non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a seemingly common but dangerous liver disease. This means that exercise can be very beneficial for the liver.
More than a quarter of the world’s population suffers from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but the condition could lead to more liver diseases in the future. It can even lead to liver failure. Thus exercise can play an important role in eliminating this condition.
In Japan alone, 41% of middle-aged people have NAFLD. For this, scientists from Sokuba University, Professor Giovanni Shoda, gave a diet plan to many people with NAFLD and also gave them exercise. Several liver factors such as adipose tissue loss, muscle strength, irritation and oxidative stress, and activity of specific genes (NRF2) were noted.
It was revealed that on the one hand, exercise strengthened the muscles and reduced body fat to a large extent. Thus, liver stetosis decreased by 9% and liver stiffness decreased by about 7%. One type of liver fibrosis was reduced by 16%.
Exercise increased many of the liver’s beneficial chemicals and increased the number of Kuppher cells that keep the liver active. Professor Giovanni Shoda says the benefits of exercise on the liver are obvious. It prevents fibrosis and liver steatosis in the case of NAFLD.
But experts suggest that for better benefits, it is important to exercise moderately or vigorously, with the benefits soon beginning to show.