Liu Xin, a PhD student, has established a set of exercises to lessen the chance of progression to Type-ll diabetes in a study that is considered to be the only study done to assess the potency of Tai Chi and Qigong the disease.
The risk factors that were targeted by the study included high levels of blood sugar and high blood pressure by specifically focusing the spleen, abdomen, and kidneys.
A Tai Chi and Qigong master, Mr Liu, said diabetes was a disease in which various parts of the body play a part.
He said, “We need to take into account all the internal organ functions when formulating an intervention program.”
Financed by the Diabetes Australia Research Trust, the Queensland Qigong Diabetes Program, is being performed at the University of Queensland’s School of Human Movement Studies by researchers Drs. Nicola Burton and Yvette Miller, Professor Wendy Brown, and the project leader, Mr Liu.
Having studied tai chi and qigong for more than three decades, Mr. Liu, stated that the spiral motions of the intended exercises could activate the muscles more than standard exercises and were also deemed to use up more blood glucose.
Qigong or chi kung, is a form of movement that’s combined with mental exercises and breathing technique. This five millennia form of self-healing practice can help relieve anxiety and stress, restore energy, and helps detoxify the body.
In the developed world, Australia is one of the countries that have the highest rates of diabetes. There are about 7.5 percent of adults (25 years and older) suffering from diabetes and 16 percent more of adults have a high chance of developing Type-ll diabetes.
According to Mr. Liu, “There are a wide variety of medications to treat diabetes but so far, in our society, they have not halted the increase in the pervasiveness of diabetes.”
Dr Miller, the PhD supervisor of Mr Liu, said evidence reveal that physical activity can play a role in decreasing the chance of diabetes.
Dr. Miller said, “Qigong and tai chi also have some stress releasing qualities and there several various stories that point towards the efficacy of this type of exercise for the treatment of diabetes.”
She said the results of the study can provide a piece of the puzzle in a gamut of options for individuals who needed to lessen their chance of developing diabetes.
Dr. Miller added, “We are aware there is a segment of the population that may not feel comfortable doing high exertion exercises and so we’re looking for an activity that seem to work for those kinds of people.”