Johns Hopkins researchers have found that moderate exercise can cut the risks of diabetes. They have found that moderate aerobic exercise coupled with weightlifting, can cut down levels of fat in the liver by up to 40 percent in people with type 2 diabetes. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, in Indianapolis.
In the study, 77 diabetic men and women in Baltimore, Md., were divided into two groups. For a six-month period, half of the study participants were put through a moderate program of sustained aerobic exercise consisting of 45-minute sessions three times a week.
The other half of the participants were asked to avoid any formal aerobic fitness or gym classes. Special magnetic resonance imaging scans performed at the start and end of the study showed much lower levels of liver fat in the active group, while levels remained the same in the non-exercising group. Physical fitness exams were also done.
The research shows that high liver fat levels are common among people with type 2 diabetes and contribute to heart disease risk.
The lead investigator of the study, 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.
Source: Times of India
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