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April 04, 2008

Diabetes: Tai Chi May Improve Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers in Taiwan assert that moderate exercise like Tai Chi can help people with type 2 diabetes to control or improve their condition. According to their recent study, which will soon be published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, strenuous physical activity depresses the immune system response whereas moderate exercise seems to boost it.

"This interesting new research further confirms that moderate exercise is vital in effectively managing Type 2 diabetes," said Cathy Moulton, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK. "Good diabetes control reduces people's risk of developing serious complications such as heart disease, stroke and blindness. "

Examples of Moderate Exercise

"Any activity that leaves you feeling warm and slightly breathless but still able to hold a conversation counts as moderate exercise," says Moulton, "including vigorously cleaning the house, briskly walking the dog and, of course, Tai Chi."

Tai Chi, a form of martial arts, involves breathing deep from the diaphragm combined with gentle movement and relaxation.

"In addition to the importance of moderate physical activity, the relaxation element of Tai Chi may help to reduce stress levels, preventing the release of adrenalin which can lead to insulin resistance and high blood glucose levels."

Diabetes UK recommends that people with type 2 diabetes do a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on at least five days of the week. 

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