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A Pilot Study Examining the Effects of 12-week Tai chi Exercise on the Activity of Autonomic Nervous System and Risk Factors of Metabolic Syndrome in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome
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  • Journal title : Journal of muscle and joint health
  • Volume 23, Issue 1,  2016, pp.1-8
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Muscle and Joint Health
  • DOI : 10.5953/JMJH.2016.23.1.1
 Title & Authors
A Pilot Study Examining the Effects of 12-week Tai chi Exercise on the Activity of Autonomic Nervous System and Risk Factors of Metabolic Syndrome in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome
Kong, Kyoung Ran; Lee, Eun Nam; Hwang, Hyun Ju;
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Purpose: This study was to examine the effects of 12-week Tai Chi exercise on the autonomic nervous system activity and risk factors of metabolic syndrome in patients with metabolic syndrome. Methods: A single group pre-posttest was used. Subjects were 16 participants aged 51~71 years with metabolic syndrome. All of the subjects were met the criteria of the National Cholesterol Education Program-Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATP III). The Tai Chi exercise consisted of 19 movements from Yang and Sun styles provided twice a week for 3 months. Metabolic syndrome risk factors including waist circumference, blood pressure, glucose, triglyceride, high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) were measured. A heart rate variability device was used to measure the activity of autonomic nervous system. Results: After 12-week Tai Chi exercise, systolic pressure, waist circumference, and HDL-cholesterol improved significantly. Tai Chi exercise had no effect on the autonomic nervous system activity. Conclusion: The 12-week Tai Chi exercise was partially effective in managing risk factors of metabolic syndrome. A larger study with longer period to improve the autonomic nervous system activity in patients with metabolic syndrome is needed.
Tai Chi;Metabolic syndrome X;Autonomic nervous system;
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