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A New Way to Reverse Fatty Liver Disease

A New Way to Reverse Fatty Liver Disease
When Morgan Spurlock made his documentary Super Size Me, he ate nothing but food from McDonald’s for a month. The consequences? His weight and LDL cholesterol zoomed up, he felt lethargic and depressed and, said one of his doctors, his liver turned into pâté. Now that might not be the standard definition of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but it sure paints a vivid -- and accurate -- picture of a condition that afflicts around 30% of Americans. 
 
NAFLD is the infusion of liver cells with fat, caused by insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes, elevated triglycerides and poor nutrition. You see, as you put on weight your body becomes insulin insensitive. Then you can’t use insulin efficiently to shuttle sugar into your cells for energy. Instead sugar gets stored in the liver as fat -- and you’ve got NAFLD. Although most folks with fatty liver don’t develop cirrhosis or liver cancer, the risk is there.
 
Making lifestyle changes, such avoiding fast food, losing weight and becoming less insulin resistant can often reverse fatty liver. And now researchers at the University of Haifa found there’s another way to restore liver health: Doing several sets of resistance exercises using your arms, chest and legs for 40 minutes, three times a week. It measurably reduces the fat content of the liver by reducing inflammation and lowering blood sugar levels. So get some stretch bands and hand weights (for more exercise suggestions check out sharecare.com and myclevelandclinic.org) and let your liver live. 
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