The Best Exercises for People With MASLD


The best fitness routine to help slow the progression of a common chronic health problem known as metabolic dysfunction–associated steatotic liver disease (MASLD) should include a mix of aerobic and muscle-building workouts, a new study suggests.

MASLD is caused by an accumulation of fat in the liver that typically occurs when people have overweight or obesity. It develops when fat builds up in the liver, causing inflammation and tissue damage that can lead to fibrosis, or scarring. As fibrosis progresses, people may develop severe disease, including MASH or cirrhosis that may require a liver transplant.

Regular physical activity has long been recommended to help prevent MASLD and to stop the condition from getting worse, says Jonathan Stine, MD, an associate professor and director of the Fatty Liver Program at Penn State Health–Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

“When people with MASLD exercise, several beneficial things happen including improvement in liver fat, fitness, muscle mass, blood flow and blood sugar control,” says Dr. Stine, who wasn’t involved in the new study.


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