Objective: To study the effects of a moderate exercise programme on body composition and effort capacity evaluated by means of densitometry and ergospirometry, respectively, in overweight patients with cirrhosis. Patients and methods: Fourteen compensated overweight patients with cirrhosis underwent a moderate exercise programme during 3 months one hour 3 days/week. We analyzed the changes in anthropometric measures, body composition by densitometry, effort capacity by ergospirometry and quality of life by SF-36 questionnaire. Results: At the end of the study there were not differences in body mass index with respect to basal values, but we observed an increase in total body muscle mass evaluated by densitometry and a decrease in total fat body mass. Ergospirometry showed an increase in effort time and in aerobic effort time. Mean arterial pressure and serum creatinine decreased at the end of the study. With respect to quality of life, there was an improvement in all SF-36 domains that reached statistical significance in physical functioning. Conclusions: A moderate exercise programme decreases total body fat and increases total body muscle mass and effort capacity in overweight patients with cirrhosis.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2013|
- Muscle mass