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Scientists at the University of Missouri-Columbia have found an association between poor aerobic fitness and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). According to the research team leader, Dr. John Thyfault, the discovery marks the next important metabolic disorder to be linked with obesity and inactivity. NAFLD also plays a key role in type 2 diabetes, he adds.
During this week's podcast, Dr. Thyfault provides additional details on NAFLD and discusses how the disorder leads to an amplification of the risk factors of obesity. He describes the experimental approach his group took to test for the link between fitness and fatty liver disease and goes over the results of the study. Dr Thyfault also offers suggestions on what people can do to prevent or treat NAFLD.
Dr. Thyfault's primary research interest is the influence of obesity, diet, and exercise upon skeletal muscle and liver metabolism. He is also specifically interested in the regulation of insulin sensitivity in relation to diet and exercise.