Hepatitis C and Exercise
Questions regarding hepatitis C and exercise are asked daily, and there is interest in the proper recommendation. There is research to support the fact that obese patients with hepatitis C are more likely to develop more fibrosis and scarring in the liver than those with hepatitis C who are thin. Obesity leads to fatty liver, elevated blood glucose levels, diabetes, and increased insulin levels. All of this leads to increased scarring, and the chance of developing cirrhosis of the liver.
Weight loss through diet and exercise is the best defense against progressive scarring of the liver. We have previously discussed hepatitis C and diet in another YouTube video. Here we discuss exercise in patients with hepatitis C. Options for exercise include a regular walking schedule, light weight lifting, cycling, swimming, elliptical trainers, treadmill work, and interval training.
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This entry was originally published on Life Beyond Hepatitis C December 31. It is reprinted with permission.