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J Nutr Health Aging. 2012 Jul;16(7):642-6.

Tai chi diminishes oxidative stress in Mexican older adults.

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Unidad de Investigación en Gerontología, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Zaragoza, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, DF México.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the effect of Tai Chi on oxidative stress in a population of elderly Mexican subjects.

DESIGN:

It was carried out a quasi-experimental study with a sample of 55 healthy subjects randomly divided into two age-matched groups: (i) a control group with 23 subjects and (ii) an experimental group with 32 subjects. The experimental group received daily training in Tai Chi for 50 min.

MEASUREMENTS:

It was measured before and after 6-month of exercise period: thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), total antioxidant status (TAS), superoxide dismutase (SOD), and glutathione peroxidase (GPx).

RESULTS:

It was found that the experimental group exhibited a statistically significant decrease in glucose levels, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLC), and systolic blood pressure, as well as an increase in SOD and GPx activity and TAS compared with the control group (p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings suggest that the daily practice of Tai Chi is useful for reducing OxS in healthy older adults.

PMID:
22836707
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