Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects close to 30% of the global population and over time, can lead to cirrhosis, also known as liver scarring, and cancer. Penn State College of Medicine researchers have confirmed that exercise can lead to meaningful reductions in liver fat for patients with NAFLD. While prior research had not determined the required amount of exercise for clinically meaningful improvement, the College of Medicine found that 150 minutes per week of brisk walking achieved significant reductions in liver fat. This research was supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health and the results were published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Clinicians counseling patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease should recommend this amount of activity to their patients.
Today: November 30, 2023