Scientists at the University of Illinois have found that alternating diet and exercise has a positive effect on the health of people suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The team presented the results of the study in an article published in the journal Cell Metabolism.
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is an accumulation of fat and inflammation. And often patients do not drink alcohol. The disease is widespread among obese people and is closely associated with the development of insulin resistance and type II diabetes.
The researchers recruited a sample of 80 obese adults with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. All participants were divided into four groups: the first adhered to intermittent fasting, the second was engaged in aerobic exercise, the third group combined both methods of therapy, and the fourth acted as a control.
Within three months, participants in the third group experienced an increase in insulin sensitivity, as well as a decrease in body weight, fat mass, waist circumference, liver fat, and disease biomarkers.