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

Authors

  • Chiu-Ling Huang,

    1. Department of Nursing, Yuan's General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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    • Diabetes Nurse Educator.

  • Yen-Kuang Tai,

    1. Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, Yuan's General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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    • Chief.

  • Yi-Hsin Yang,

    1. Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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    • Associate Professor.

  • Ruey-Hsia Wang

    Corresponding author
    1. College of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan
    • College of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University, 100 Shih-Chuan 1st Road, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan.
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    • Professor.


  • This project was supported by the Yuan's General Hospital, Taiwan (RG09-006).

Abstract

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 35:419–429, 2012

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