Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Aerobic exercise can protect the liver from damages

Narada Desk | February 18, 2016 2:10 pm Print


If you are the kind that puts the morning alarm to snooze or finds it difficult to wake up early in the morning and rush out for a run, then you might want to reconsider your habits.

A recent study conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA showed that aerobic exercise could protect a person against alcohol-related liver damage.

Reports show that excessive alcohol consumption could lead to chronic liver problems such as fatty liver disease and liver cirrhosis. The previous research showed damage once caused to the liver by excessive drinking is irreversible.

A study was conducted on rats that were bred specifically for high activity. The study was conducted to show that increased levels of aerobic exercise could help to prevent against these alcohol-related fatty deposits and inflammation in the liver.

A group of rats named as “runner rats” was exposed to chronic alcohol for a time gap of six weeks and the second bunch of rats that were not exposed to alcohol during the same time period.

The six weeks showed the results that were expected. The number of fatty deposits in the liver of runner rates in the chronic alcohol group were more. Yet the chronic alcohol consumption had not formed a significant level of inflammation of the liver, leading the team to believe that the high level of physical activity in this group had protected the rats “against the metabolic dysfunction that eventually lead to irreversible liver damage.”

The team also looked at levels in the blood of fatty acids, triglycerides, insulin and glucose in the rats in the chronic alcohol group, finding no noticeable increases when comparing these levels to the rats in the control group.

The study proved that there are high benefits to aerobic exercises that could fight against alcohol consumption.