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Old 05-13-2008, 02:46 PM   #6
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Default T'ai Chi Could Help Diabetics Control Their Sugar Levels

Insulite sent me this article today- it's pretty cool. I may join a new gym so I hope maybe they have some Tai Chi!


Traditional Chinese martial arts exercises like T'ai Chi could help Diabetics better manage their blood sugar levels.

Researchers found that a 12-week program of T'ai Chi, which is taught in classes all over the United States, led to a "significant" fall of 8% in blood sugar levels in those suffering from obesity-linked Type 2 Diabetes.

A study carried out by Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan also discovered that the exercises boosted the body's immune system. This is important because an improved immune system damps down chronic inflammation of the body's internal organs, which is associated with Diabetes.

In a separate study, researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia found that a 12-week program of T'ai Chi and Qigong - another Chinese exercise - resulted in a significant fall in blood glucose levels in a dozen middle-aged to older adults.

The imbalance of blood glucose and insulin called Insulin Resistance in these individuals also improved significantly. Both studies were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

T'ai Chi involves moderate exercise using flowing movements and deep breathing using the diaphragm. It is practiced by millions of Chinese daily as a way to maintain health into old age.

A regular exercise regime combined with a balanced, nutritious diet can help reverse an underlying cause of excess weight and obesity, which can lead to Insulin Resistance. By reversing this latter condition, you can facilitate weight loss.

If left unchecked, obesity can also lead to the cluster of increased risks for heart disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) as well as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) - a leading cause of menstrual irregularity and infertility, acne and other skin conditions, excess facial hair and female hair loss. Overweight women do not have a monopoly on PCOS, however. Up to 50% of PCOS sufferers may be females who are of normal weight or even lean.

Overweight men are at greater risk of prostate cancer. Insulin Resistance-linked weight problems are also associated in both sexes with Type 2 Diabetes. Before the onset of this latter condition, however, most people develop reversible Pre-Diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are elevated beyond normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes.

If ignored, Pre-Diabetes may lead to the Type 2 variety, which can only be managed for the rest of a person's life. Many Diabetics require daily injections of insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes severely increases the risk of blindness, amputation and kidney disease, as well as a heart attack or stroke. Some 90% of people with Type 2 also suffer from excess weight or obesity.
- Michelle


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