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Exercise and Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Have you ever heard of the disease also known as Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)?

Recently, an increasing number of people are presenting with this illness. Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is a disease that has been gaining prominence in the last few years. But what is it? and how does it affect the body?

What is Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?

NAFLD is a disease whereby there is fat deposition in the liver which can eventually lead to inflammation and damage to the liver. This type of liver disease is not related to alcohol but instead is common in people who are overweight/obese, have diabetes and high cholesterol.

Unfortunately by the time symptoms of fatigue and pain present themselves liver damage has already been done.

Risk factors

  • obesity
  • diabetes
  • high cholesterol
  • high blood pressure
  • metabolic syndrome

Decreasing the Risk of Developing Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

It is thought that weight loss and a general improvement in health can decrease the risk of developing this disease and help to control this disease.
Participating in regular physical activity and controlling any other diseases you may have is crucial.

What exercise should you be performing?

  • Moderate aerobic exercise such as walking, swimming, cycling that will increase the heart rate and get the muscles working
  • Large muscle group resistance based exercises such as sit to stands, wall push ups and step ups
  • You want to make your exercise interesting and appealing to yourself to keep motivation up therefore you may want to try an exercise diary to record your exercise
  • All of this put together with a good diet will also assist in weight loss

Remember! Slowly build up your exercise if you haven’t been active recently. Our Accredited Exercise Physiologists can help!

Amy McLaughlin – Exercise Physiologist

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Steatohepatitis and Steatosis (Fatty Liver)