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    Exercise and Liver Disease part 2 - Some of the Benefits of Exercise
    Melissa Palmer, MD posted:
    The benefits of exercising are numerous. First, exercise gives people a general sense of
    well-being and an improved self-image. It is a known fact that if a person feels well
    mentally, her immune system will be stronger and give her that extra edge needed in the
    fight against disease.
    Second, as previously discussed, exercising gives a person a boost of energy. Fatigue
    is probably the most common as well as one of the most bothersome symptoms that
    plagues people with liver disease. Many people with liver disease frequently feel like
    they don't have enough energy to make it across the room, let alone around the block.
    However, the best way to fight this seemingly relentless exhaustion is to exercise. Yes,
    the notion of exercising when you are fatigued may seem counterintuitive- like a vicious
    cycle, but most people find that it actually works. In part, fatigue may have to do with the
    fact that both the heart and the liver are working overtime to keep a good supply of
    filtered blood circulating throughout the body. Adding a regular exercise routine enables
    both organs to work more efficiently. Over time, this will boost energy levels. While most
    people find it tough going at first, they eventually realize that the benefits make it well
    worth it.
    Third, exercise improves cardiovascular function. As the body gets stronger and more
    aerobically fit, the cardiovascular system will be able to work more efficiently. Less
    effort will be required of the heart to pump blood to the liver and other body organs. Less
    effort on the heart equals stronger cardiovascular function and an increased overall
    energy level for a person with liver disease. It is extremely important to attempt to do
    some exercise while on interferon treatment, as this will decrease the fatigue, irritability,
    and depression often associated with this medication.
    Fourth, exercise results in a reduction of total body fat. While nearly 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, no matter what the underlying liver disorder is. Eating right
    and getting plenty of exercise is undoubtedly the slowest way to lose weight known to
    humanity, but it's also the safest and surest. This is especially true for people with liver
    disease. Even intermittent exercise has been shown to be beneficial in obese women.
    Combining a healthy diet with regular exercise is also the best way to keep from
    regaining the weight.
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