That’s the name of the study conducted in Sydney, Australia that tested the effect of tai chi in people with type 2 diabetes.

First, the details.

  • 38 older adults with stable type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to tai chi or sham exercise, twice a week for 16 weeks.

And, the results.

  • There were no differences between groups in gait, balance, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular fitness, or activity and quality of life.

The bottom line?
The authors concluded that the tai chi program they used, “although developed specifically for diabetes, may not have been of sufficient intensity, frequency, or duration to effect positive changes in many aspects of physiology or health status relevant to older people with diabetes.”

Yeah, maybe.

11/30/07 21:22 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.