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Dietary Weight Loss Program with the Addition of Tai Chi More Beneficial to Obese Older Women
March 27, 2013 -
This ancillary study of a randomized clinical trial, carried out at University of Rhode Island, was to examine the additive effect of Tai Chi to diet education on the traditional coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factor low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and on emerging CHD risk factors in older obese women.

Participants: 26 obese women (with ages ranging from 55 to 67; mean body mass index, 34.3<>4.0 kg/m2) were enrolled and randomly assigned to the diet education group or the diet education plus Tai Chi group.

Intervention:nutes of diet education per week. The diet education plus Tai Chi group also received 45 minutes of Tai Chi three times per week for 16 weeks.

Outcome Measures: Anthropometrics (height, weight, BMI, waist circumference, and hip circumference), clinical variables (blood pressure), and biochemical variables (standard lipid profile, apolipoprotein B, LDL particle size) were measured. The primary outcome was LDL-C, and the secondary outcomes were apolipoprotein B and LDL particle size.

Results: Neither LDL-C nor apolipoprotein B improved in either group. Percentage of large LDL particles after the intervention was increased in the diet education plus Tai Chi group compared with the diet education group. Weight, waist circumference, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol decreased in both groups from baseline to post-intervention. Triacylglycerol and dietary screening tool scores increased in both groups. Additional improvements were seen in the diet education plus Tai Chi group, including a significant increase in Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension score from baseline to post-intervention.

Conclusion: The addition of Tai Chi to diet education is more effective than diet education alone at improving diet quality and emerging CHD risk factors, such as LDL particle size, in obese older women.

This study is published in the March 2013 issue of Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.




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