How does exercise help us?

  1.  Exercise helps us immensely in improving insulin sensitivity and enhancing glucose utilization by the cells.

  2. Since our body requires energy and energy comes from glucose (from the food which we eat), by working out the body, we burn the stored supplies of glucose (glycogen) in the liver and muscle cells which helps metabolize (reduce) glucose in the blood and thus maintain glucose balance in the blood.

  3. Exercise reduces total body fat. Being overweight puts an additional burden on the liver. When total body fat is reduced, fat content in the liver is simultaneously reduced, often resulting in a significant reduction of elevated liver enzymes.

  4. In treating liver disease, an exercise program that includes aerobic/cardiovascular conditioning and strength training will have the greatest effect on liver function.

Aerobic exercises like walking, bicycling, jogging and swimming will improve your cardiovascular system’s ability to oxygenate your blood and deliver it to the liver and the rest of the body.

Above are examples of Aerobic exercises

Strength training helps maintain bone mass, increases muscle strength and mass, and helps prevent weight gain through elevation of the metabolism.

One type of Strength training exercise

  1. Insulin sensitivity is increased, so your cells are better able to use any available insulin to take up glucose during and after activity.
  2. When your muscles contract during activity, it stimulates another mechanism that is completely separate of insulin. This mechanism allows your cells to take up glucose and use it for energy whether insulin is available or not.
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