The effect of Tai Chi on health-related quality of life in people with elevated blood glucose or diabetes: A randomized controlled trial

Xin Liu*, Yvette D. Miller, Nicola W. Burton, Jiun Horng Chang, Wendy J. Brown

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Abstract

Purpose: The aim was to assess the effects of a Tai Chi-based program on health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) in people with elevated blood glucose or diabetes who were not on medication for glucose control. 

Method: 41 participants were randomly allocated to either a Tai Chi intervention group (N = 20) or a usual medical-care control group (N = 21). The Tai Chi group involved 3 × 1.5 h supervised and group-based training sessions per week for 12 weeks. Indicators of HR-QOL were assessed by self-report survey immediately prior to and after the intervention. 

Results: There were significant improvements in favor of the Tai Chi group for the SF36 subscales of physical functioning (mean difference = 5.46, 95 % CI = 1.35-9.57, P < 0.05), role physical (mean difference = 18.60, 95 % CI = 2.16-35.05, P < 0.05), bodily pain (mean difference = 9.88, 95 % CI = 2.06-17.69, P < 0.05) and vitality (mean difference = 9.96, 95 % CI = 0.77-19.15, P < 0.05). 

Conclusions: The findings show that this Tai Chi program improved indicators of HR-QOL including physical functioning, role physical, bodily pain and vitality in people with elevated blood glucose or diabetes who were not on diabetes medication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1783-1786
Number of pages4
JournalQuality of Life Research
Volume22
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

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