ANCHOR LEAD: FAT IN THE LIVER CAN BE REDUCED WITH EXERCISE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Fat deposited in the liver, a condition known as steatohepatitis in medical parlance, can have profound health consequences, including liver cirrhosis and death. Worse, the condition is increasingly common, largely because of obesity and diabetes. Now a Johns Hopkins study led by Kerry Stewart, an exercise researchers, shows that modest exercise helps.
STEWART: We were interested specifically on the benefits of exercise and very often exercise will have an effect independent of general weight loss. Our subjects did lose a little bit of weight but not as much weight as they would lose for example if they went on a diet, but the reduction in hepatic fat was much greater than that. Seems that the exercise has a very specific benefit in reducing the hepatic fat. :26
Stewart says the take home message is exercise, even if it doesn’t result in weight loss. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.