Tai Chi Improves Health-related Quality of Life in People with Elevated Blood Glucose or Diabetes
November 26, 2012 -
This is a study performed by the University of Queensland in Brisbane,
Australia. It is published in the November 2012 issue of Quality of Life
PURPOSE: The aim was
to assess the effects of a Tai Chi-based program on health-related quality of
life (HR-QOL) in people with elevated blood glucose or diabetes who were not on
medication for glucose control.
participants were randomly allocated to either a Tai Chi intervention group (N =
20) or a usual medical-care control group (N = 21). The Tai Chi group involved 3
× 1.5 h supervised and group-based training sessions per week for 12 weeks.
Indicators of HR-QOL were assessed by self-report survey immediately prior to
and after the intervention.
RESULTS: There were
significant improvements in favor of the Tai Chi group for the SF36 subscales of
physical functioning (mean difference = 5.46, 95 % CI = 1.35-9.57, P < 0.05),
role physical (mean difference = 18.60, 95 % CI = 2.16-35.05, P < 0.05), bodily
pain (mean difference = 9.88, 95 % CI = 2.06-17.69, P < 0.05) and vitality (mean
difference = 9.96, 95 % CI = 0.77-19.15, P < 0.05).
findings show that this Tai Chi program improved indicators of HR-QOL including
physical functioning, role physical, bodily pain and vitality in people with
elevated blood glucose or diabetes who were not on diabetes medication.