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Exercise And Liver Disease? The Maladies Series Takes An Odd Turn


June 2012

While researching another post I bumped into some information that literally blew my mind:

“This article, which is in part excerpted from my book “ Dr. Melissa Palmer’s Guide to Hepatitis and Liver Disease” will discuss why exercise and staying in shape is important for people with liver disease”.

Jumping past all of the normal good aspects of a fit lifestyle:

” Fourth,  exercise results in a reduction of total body fat. While everyone knows that being overweight places a great deal of stress on the heart, most people don’t realize that  it also makes it harder for the liver to do its job.  When total body fat is reduced, fat content in the liver is simultaneously reduced. This often results in a significant reduction of elevated  liver enzymes ( SGOT also known as AST, and SGPT also known as ALT).  Eating right and getting plenty of exercise  is probably the slowest way to lose weight known to humanity, but it’s also the safest. That’s especially true for people with liver disease.  If one forgets about exercise and only counts calories to lose weight, then the likelihood of losing weight and keeping it off diminishes. Combining a healthy diet  with regular exercise is the best bet for weight reduction and is also the best way to keep from regaining the weight”.

Now, for a recovering alcoholic, this is huge news – in fact, I’ll be adding extra emphasis to exercise when I’m working with others in the future.  I’ve been recommending it for more than a decade, but only as a way to cope with the mental stress of recovery – this is awesome news…  Though it does come with a caveat.  It will help the chronic alcoholic’s liver function, but it will not cure cirrhosis or the scarring of the liver.  I quit before I’d damaged my liver that bad, but for older folks that have been repeatedly beating the snot out of their liver – they’ll have to seek a doctor’s advice prior to commencing with the cycling regimen.

This does, of course, make sense.  As I’ve written before, when I quit drinking in ’92, I had the enzyme readings of a 60 year-old chronic alcoholic and the only time I had it checked after that (a few years ago), I was perfect.

Honest to goodness, it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Have an excellent weekend

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