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Qual Life Res. 2013 Sep;22(7):1783-6. doi: 10.1007/s11136-012-0311-7. Epub 2012 Nov 10.

The effect of Tai Chi on health-related quality of life in people with elevated blood glucose or diabetes: a randomized controlled trial.

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School of Human Movement Studies, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, 4076, Australia. xin.liu@uqconnect.edu.au

Abstract

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.

METHOD:

41 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).

CONCLUSIONS:

The 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.

PMID:
23143590
DOI:
10.1007/s11136-012-0311-7
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