ANCHOR LEAD: EXERCISE HELPS LIVER HEALTH IN OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Even if you’re fat, does it help to be fit? A new study from Johns Hopkins led by Kerry Stewart, an exercise researcher, seems to answer affirmatively, at least from the perspective of your liver. Overweight folks have unhealthy amounts of fat in the liver, and exercise seems to get rid of much of that, even when overall body weight remains largely unchanged.
STEWART: You see a small loss of body weight with exercise but more importantly there’s a significant shift in body composition. These patients are benefiting by losing fat that they don’t see or doesn’t really register that much on the scale. Hepatic fat is definitely on the rise secondary to just obesity. It’s been estimated that among obese people and in diabetics the prevalence is as high as 90% of having an abnormally fat liver, so this benefit of exercise is clearly going to be helpful for a lot of people. :31
Getting rid of liver fat is crucial in avoiding liver scarring, cirrhosis, and liver failure. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.