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Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an advancing disease in children and adults that has the potential to be reversed. This disease is emerging in the population due to an increase in processed foods in the diet, increase in glucose intake in diet or liquid form, and lack of exercise. It is a growing epidemic in children that may progress into adulthood. The purpose of the literature review is to determine if the addition of daily exercise will decrease the amount of NAFLD and reverse the disease. The review of literature explored studies that are related to increasing exercise into the lives of adults with NAFLD. It is anticipated that an increase in exercise, whether it be sustained cardio exercise like walking or jogging, or high intensity interval training for 30 minutes, will significantly decrease the incidence of fatty liver. The increased awareness of health care providers to the benefit of exercise has upon NAFLD will encourage additional patient education about the disease. It is anticipated that the reduction of fatty liver disease will decrease the incidence of Type II Diabetes Mellitus and metabolic syndrome, decreased liver enzymes and glucose, and decreased anthropometric measurements. One study concluded that the reduction of NAFLD in a specific exercising population was 21% decreased. No study was able to determine the exact amount or type of exercise that was needed to reduce NAFLD, just that exercise itself was a reducer.


Physician Assistant Studies

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Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

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Vikki McCleary

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Exercise Therapy; Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease -- therapy



Exercise as the Best Treatment Option for NAFLD

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Hepatology Commons