A scientific literature survey on the role of Chinese exercises – tai chi and qi gong in Type 2 diabetes patients shows limited support. Benefits appear to be limited to improvements in mobility. Here below are the summary of the studies that I have identified during the course of my research.

Older people over the age group of 60 with impaired mobility showed more improvements performing tai chi when compared to vigorous exercise. (Orr, R., et al., 2006)

Health benefits have been noted in individuals practicing Chinese medicine exercises like qigong and tai chi. (Jahnke, R. et al., 2010)

Scientific support in support of Gi gong’s positive impact on diabetes management and control is still tenuous. (Xin, L. et al.,2007)

There are scientific studies that claim that gi-gong may improve insulin resistance. This exercise form may be a beneficial adjunctive treatment for individuals with type 2 diabetes. (Tsujiuchi, T et al., 2002)

I did find evidence in support of the positive role of yoga and meditation in the management of diabetes. Here below are some examples:

A systematic review of articles and studies on the health impact of Yoga shows that its’ practice helps in weight control, reduction of blood pressure, blood lipids, and blood sugar. (Yang, K., 2007; Youngwanichsetha, S. et al., 2014)

Yoga and standard physical training exercises both have a positive impact on individuals who have diabetes. It helps reduce oxidative stress and bring about improvements in antioxidant profiles. (Gordon, L.A., et al., 2008)

Diabetic individuals who performed pranayama felt a sense of well-being in 7 to 10 days of practice. Demand for insulin, other diabetes control medicine dropped. In this trial, four types of pranayama were practiced for 30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of resting yoga posture called Shavasana (a dead person pose posture). (Sahay, B.K., 2007)

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