Tai chi (TC) can improve metabolic parameters in obese diabetic patients, according to Taiwanese researchers.
Patients were randomised into TC and conventional exercise groups. After 12 weeks
After 12 weeks, no improvements occurred in BMI, lipids, and oxidative stress profiles in the conventional exercise group.
However, those in the TC group showed significant improvements in BMI and serum lipids, including triglyceride and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL). Serum malondialdehyde (an indicator of oxidative stress) and C-reactive protein (an indicator of inflammation) also decreased in TC participants.
Simple, gentle TC exercise can be applied as regular daily exercise for patients with type 2 diabetes even when such patients are obese.
Chen SC, Ueng KC, Lee SH, Sun KT, Lee MC. Effect of t'ai chi exercise on biochemical profiles and oxidative stress indicators in obese patients with type 2 diabetes. J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Nov;16(11):1153-9.