Tai Chi Decreases Cardiovascular Risks?

Tai Chi Decreases Cardiovascular Risks?

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Research, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has shown that regular Tai Chi has the potential to lower the risks of cardiac problems in its adherents.


Researchers from the Chia-Yi Christian Hospital, the Graduate Institute of Natural Healing Sciences, Nanhua University, the Chung Jen College of Nursing, Health Sciences and Management, the Department of Medical Research, Buddhist Dalin Tzu Chi General Hospital, Taiwan and from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada have looked at the levels of adiponectin (low levels of this hormone are associated as independent risk factors in the development of Metabolic syndrome and Diabetes Mellitus) -  after a two years of Tai Chi.

The researchers wanted to look at the long-term effects of Tai Chi on adiponectin levels, glucose homeostasis, lipid profile, and atherosclerotic burdens in individuals with various elevated levels of cardiovascular risk.

They concluded that regular Tai Chi exercise could produce favourable changes in adiponectin levels in people with a higher risk of cardiovascular issues.

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2011.0966

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