Exercising is considered as a routine to life. Besides being beneficial for heart, strength training can also lessen accumulation of fat in liver, and improve blood glucose regulation.
According to the study, curated by a team from the University of Campinas in Brazil, proved strength training can reduce fat stored in liver and improve the blood glucose control in obese mice, without reducing body weight.
The research shows, strength training can be effective strategy for reducing the risk of fatty liver disease and diabetes in obese people.
“That these improvements in metabolism occurred over a short time even though the overall amount of body fat was unchanged, it suggests strength training can have positive effects on health and directly affect liver’s function and metabolism,” said Pereira de Moura from the varsity.
For gaining more benefits from strength training, try intermixing the strength training exercises with bodyweight exercises, and perform them three times a week at most. The study confirms, too much training can damage your strengthening process.
While on a schedule of strength training, a person should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, grains, beans, and seeds; some lean meats, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy products; and mono and polyunsaturated oils. The intake of saturated fat, salt, alcohol, cholesterol, and an excess of added sugars and sugary foods. Drink plenty of water.
“It may be a more effective, non-drug and low-cost strategy for improving health,” she said.
The research published in the Journal of Endocrinology, the team investigated the effects of strength-based exercise on liver fat accumulation, makers of inflammation in obese mice, and blood glucose regulation. Obese mice performed strength training over a short time, the equivalent of which in human would not be enough to change their body fat composition.
After this short-term training, the mice had less fatty livers, reduced levels of inflammatory markers and their blood glucose regulation improved, despite no change in their overall body weight.
These health benefits would be even more effective if accompanied by reduction of body fat, she added.
Based on these findings, obese individuals could be directed to increase their activities through strength training, but should always first consult their primary care physician.
More investigation is required in both animals and people to understand how liver metabolism is affected by strength training.
Obesity is a growing health epidemic across the globe that leads to inflammation in liver and impairs its ability to regulate blood glucose.
It efficiently increases the risk of Type-2 diabetes and its associated complications, including kidney damage, and nerve.