Metabolic syndrome is a group of symptoms including hypertension and high blood glucose which are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
investigators focused on adults with metabolic syndrome. This is a group of symptoms including hypertension and high blood glucose which are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
A 12 week program of Tai Chi and Qigong was administered to 13 patients with metabolic syndrome for up to 1.5 hours up to 3 times a week, while being encouraged to perform the exercises outside of the classes.
At the end of 12 weeks, they had lost an average of 3 kg in weight and had dropped waist size by almost 3 cm. Additionally, the blood pressures of the subjects fell significantly more than exercise alone can account for, according to the authors. Insulin resistance also fell, indicating a decreased predisposition for type 2 diabetes. Participants additionally claimed to sleep better, have more energy, feel less pain, and have fewer cravings for food while participating in the program.
Notably, three patients no longer met the criteria for metabolic syndrome after this test.
-- Medical News Today, April 1, 2008
Diabetes Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness Hypertension -- Tai Chi Improves Diabetes Control.
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