24 June 2016

Exercise can improve the insulin sensitivity of people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

The insulin sensitivity of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is just as poor as that of patients with type 2 diabetes. Exercise, however, can help the patients to improve their insulin sensitivity, reduce the amount of fat in the liver and, effectively, pre-empt the development of type 2 diabetes. This was the conclusion Bram Brouwers reached in his doctoral thesis ‘Exercise in relation to NAFLD and insulin resistance: A physiological approach in humans.’ Brouwers advocates first-line treatment of people with NAFLD to prevent type 2 diabetes.