Innovative UQ Tai Chi program treats depression, diabetes and obesity
Promising results from an innovative UQ Tai Chi based study show depression, diabetes and obesity can all be improved through a gentle mind-body therapeutic program.
• The proportion of participants with clinical levels of depression decreased from 60 percent to 20 percent. BMI and waist circumference also significantly decreased by 4 percent and 3 percent respectively.
• This specific program may be the first exercise program that has scientifically shown significant effects of exercise alone on both depression and diabesity (diabetes and obesity).
Dr Liu Xin, a UQ scientist and a renowned expert in the field of mind-body therapy, developed this unique program for the control of depression and diabesity.
The three month pilot study, funded by the Diabetes Australia Research Trust, was conducted at The University of Queensland.
“Without involvement of any dietary intervention and high intensity training, it was very encouraging to see such impressive results over a short period of time,” Dr Liu said………….
"Other reported benefits include improvements in energy levels, sleeping patterns, urinary control, breathing, immunity, confidence, self-esteem and coping; and positive changes in life perspective and family harmony”.
"The majority of the promising findings were replicated in a following randomized controlled trial."
An extended large controlled study named SMILE* Tai Chi Program focusing on depression and obesity has recently been funded by the National Heart Foundation …….
Media contact: for more information contact Dr Liu Xin (telephone 07 3240 6122
email firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jan King at UQ Communications (telephone 07 3365 1120).
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*Dr. Andrew Weill’s Health Newsletter