Abstract Title:

Effects of qigong walking on diabetic patients: a pilot study.

Abstract Source:

J Altern Complement Med. 1999 Aug;5(4):353-8. PMID: 10471015

Abstract Author(s):

M Iwao, S Kajiyama, H Mori, K Oogaki

Article Affiliation:

International Association of Relaxation Therapy, Kyoto, Japan. iwao@mtf.biglobe.ne.jp

Abstract:

OBJECTIVES: The present study was designed to evaluate the advantages of qigong walking, a mild and slow exercise that uses all the muscles of the body, in comparison with conventional walking in patients with diabetes. INTERVENTIONS: Ten inpatients with diabetes mellitus and associated complications were studied on 3 different days. Either qigong walking (30-40-minute duration) or conventional walking was performed by the patients 30 minutes after lunch on 1 of the 3 study days. Plasma glucose levels and pulse rates were measured 30 minutes after lunch and again 20 minutes after exercising; that is, 90 minutes after lunch. These data were compared to those obtained on a day with no exercise after lunch. RESULTS: Plasma glucose levels decreased during both exercises (from 228 mg/dL before to 205 mg/dL after conventional walking) and (from 223 mg/dL before to 216 mg/dL after qigong walking). In both situations the results after exercise decreased more than those in the group with no exercise (229 mg/dL; p<0.025). The pulse rates increased after conventional walking (from 77 to 95 beats per minute; p<0.025) and were higher than those in the group with no exercise (70 beats per minute; p<0.01) and those after qigong walking (79 beats per minute; p<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Qigong walking reduced plasma glucose after lunch without inducing a large increase in the pulse rate in patients with diabetes.

Study Type : Human Study

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