Watch out for NAFLD, and help patients get more exercise

The April ACP Internist looked at two issues related to diabetes— the high prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and how some internists have succeeded in getting their patients to exercise more.

The bad news about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is that its rates are increasing rapidly in the U.S. The good news is that once it is detected, lifestyle modifications can help arrest its progress and prevent further liver damage. To help stop NAFLD, though, physicians need to be looking for it. A story in the April ACP Internist offers an overview on diagnosis and suggestions for treatment and management of NAFLD.

Another story in the same issue looks at new recommendations on avoiding sedentary time and covers additional ways to entice patients to exercise, including emphasizing immediate benefits over long-term goals and the fact that only 20 minutes of movement a day can make a difference.