It what ways would exercise stress the liver?

by (45) Updated April 03, 2014 at 4:14 PM Created April 03, 2014 at 6:49 AM

My liver has always been a bit sensitive (nothing specific, maybe gilberts or fatty liver). And I have abdominal fat.

But since starting strength training my liver enzymes have popped up a bit. i notice, a few days of exercising, I get hot after eating. So ever so slightly liverish.

I wonder does anyone have any good information about the short term and long term effects of exercise on the liver? Would fatty liver be temporarily stirred up by weight loss?


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237 · April 03, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Ok look, I have Gilbert's syndrome, so when people I say "maybe I have Gilbert's" it upsets me because if you don't know if you have it, it's because you don't have it. Are your eyes yellow? No. Is your unconjugated bilirubin high while your conjugated bilirubin is normal? No. So you don't have it.

Please don't talk about what you don't know. Some people have these conditions for real, like me, and don't appreciate when others say they also have them when they don't. Sorry if I sound like a dick, this just happens to be a pet peeve of mine.

By the way exercise forces the liver to engage in gluconeogenesis (exercise enduces glucagon release, which promotes gluconeogenesis with the goal of increasing blood glucose availability), so if you are low on glycogen, it might be considered "stressful". However, this stress is a good thing, specially if you have fatty liver disease or noticeable adiposity around your abdominal area due to visceral fat. The whole idea of exercise is to stress the body into a state of energy deficit and oxidative stress, from which it then recovers by activating mechanisms to increase available energy and reduce oxidative stress, essentially a hormetic response.

992 · April 03, 2014 at 8:25 AM

How does one have a sensitive liver, with nothing specific? "Slightly liverish" ?

It could just be what you're eating -- coconut oil is thermogenic. Or it could be that you're running at a caloric deficit, pushing it further lower with exercise, then suddenly metabolizing lots of calories and producing some heat in the process.

Strength training would reduce liver fat.


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