Tai Chi Helps Elderly Patients with Benign Prostate Hypertrophy
October 29, 2011 -
This study was conducted by Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Dong-A
University, Busan, Republic of Korea. It is published in the latest issue of
Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
exercise has been recommended as suitable for the improvement of health in the
elderly. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of
tai chi on lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTSs),
quality of life (QoL), and sex hormone levels in patients with benign prostate
hypertrophy (BPH). The elderly patients with BPH were randomized to receive
tai chi or usual care. Fifty-six participants
were randomized into either the tai chi group or
the control group.
After 12 weeks of treatment, the tai chi group
showed significant improvement in LUTS and QoL. There was a significant effect
of tai chi on testosterone but no significant
effect on insulin or glucose. No serious adverse events were observed during the
In conclusion, the results suggest that 12 weeks of
tai chi/span> may improve LUTS and QoL in elderly
patients with BPH.