SYDNEY: Obese patients with a sedentary lifestyle who started regular aerobic exercise lowered their risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), regardless of whether they lost weight, a new Australian study found.
After a month of regular aerobic cycling exercise, patients reduced their visceral adipose tissue volume by 12% and hepatic triglyceride concentration (HTGC) by 21% on average, according to a report in the October edition of Hepatology.
Exercise was also associated with a 14% reduction in plasma free fatty acids.
Reduction in all of these factors is known to improve metabolic function and to reduce the risks of cardiovascular problems and diabetes associated with obesity and NAFLD.
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