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Effects of qigong walking on diabetic patients: a pilot study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10471015     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The present study was designed to evaluate the advantages of qigong walking, a mild and slow exercise that uses all the muscles of the body, in comparison with conventional walking in patients with diabetes. INTERVENTIONS: Ten inpatients with diabetes mellitus and associated complications were studied on 3 different days. Either qigong walking (30-40-minute duration) or conventional walking was performed by the patients 30 minutes after lunch on 1 of the 3 study days. Plasma glucose levels and pulse rates were measured 30 minutes after lunch and again 20 minutes after exercising; that is, 90 minutes after lunch. These data were compared to those obtained on a day with no exercise after lunch. RESULTS: Plasma glucose levels decreased during both exercises (from 228 mg/dL before to 205 mg/dL after conventional walking) and (from 223 mg/dL before to 216 mg/dL after qigong walking). In both situations the results after exercise decreased more than those in the group with no exercise (229 mg/dL; p < 0.025). The pulse rates increased after conventional walking (from 77 to 95 beats per minute; p < 0.025) and were higher than those in the group with no exercise (70 beats per minute; p < 0.01) and those after qigong walking (79 beats per minute; p < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Qigong walking reduced plasma glucose after lunch without inducing a large increase in the pulse rate in patients with diabetes.
M Iwao; S Kajiyama; H Mori; K Oogaki
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.)     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1075-5535     ISO Abbreviation:  J Altern Complement Med     Publication Date:  1999 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-21     Completed Date:  1999-10-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508124     Medline TA:  J Altern Complement Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  353-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
International Association of Relaxation Therapy, Kyoto, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Glucose / metabolism
Breathing Exercises*
Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
Middle Aged
Pilot Projects
Postprandial Period
Walking / physiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Blood Glucose

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