Fu or Tai Chi Training for Metabolic Health in Overweight/Obese Adolescents
group of researchers at the University
recently finished a 6-month program that used Kung Fu or Tai Chi to train some
overweight or obese adolescents to improve their metabolic health.
this program, 20 overweight/obese adolescents underwent either Kung Fu or Tai
Chi training, for 3 times a week every week during the 6-month period.
researchers measured the subjects' fasting insulin and insulin resistance,
lipids, glucose and HbA(1c), and C-reactive protein (CRP). CRP decreased
significantly in both groups over time at six months. Although insulin
sensitivity did not change, HbA(1c) tended to decrease over time, again with no group
difference. Reduced CRP was related to increased upper
body strength. Increased lean body mass was related to reductions in HbA(1c),
insulin resistance, triglycerides, and total cholesterol. Improvements in lean
body mass appear to have a potential role in favorable
metabolic outcomes, independent of changes in fat mass.
The researchers suggested that further research in
this area is warranted before definite conclusions can be drawn about the
efficacy of martial arts training for metabolic outcomes in this cohort.