Efficacy of five-element gymnastics in glucose and lipid control in taiwanese patients with type 2 diabetes.

Author: Huang CL, Tai YK, Yang YH, Wang RH.
Department of Nursing, Yuan's General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Conference/Journal: Res Nurs Health.
Date published: 2012 Apr 11
Other: Special Notes: doi: 10.1002/nur.21480. , Word Count: 131

The purpose of this quasi-experimental study was to determine the efficacy of Five-Element Gymnastics (FEG) in controlling glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1C), total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and triglycerides (TG) at the 8th and the 16th weeks of intervention for patients with type 2 diabetes in Taiwan. FEG consolidates several traditional Chinese exercises including Qigong, Xiang Gong, and martial arts with gymnastics. The experimental group (n = 31) practiced FEG at home for 16 weeks. The control group (n = 35) maintained usual activities. FEG was associated with decrease of HbA1C, TG, and LDL-C levels at the 8th week and continuous decrease of HbA1C through the 16th week. FEG could be an exercise choice for patients with type 2 diabetes. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health.
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PMID: 22495908