Tai Chi and Qigong for Metabolic Syndrome

Stress, Chronic Diseases, and Psychoneuroimmunology

Stress, Depression, Inflammation, and Psychoneuroimmunology

Researchers in Australia evaluated the effects of Tai Chi and Qigong exercise on metabolic syndrome and glycemic levels among patients with higher blood glucose (Xin et al., 2008). Eleven people aged 42-65 years with higher blood glucose participated the examination.

During the study, participants had the Tai Chi and Qigong training for about one hour, three times each week for twelve weeks (Xin et al., 2008). The researchers found high participation and acceptability rates for the program. They observed remarkable improvements in four of the seven parameters of metabolic syndrome.

These parameters included body mass index, waist circumference, and both systolic and diastolic blood pressure (Xin et al., 2008). Improvements were also observed in the parameters measuring insulin resistance, stress and depression levels.

The study indicates that Tai Chi Qigong practice is practical and acceptable (Xin et al., 2008). The practice may help control metabolic syndrome and blood glucose levels, with the promotion of mental health. Further studies at larger scales are necessary to confirm such results and to understand the mechanisms of Qigong practice.

Reference:

Xin, L., Miller, Y. D., et al. (2008) A preliminary study of the effects of Tai Chi and Qigong medical exercise on indicators of metabolic syndrome and glycaemic control in adults with elevated blood glucose. Br J Sports Med.

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