Type 2 Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal.




Bastyr Study Indicates Qigong May Help People with Type 2 Diabetes

“A team of scientists from the Bastyr University Research Institute has completed the first three-armed randomized, controlled clinical trial research study examining the impact of qigong therapy on type 2 diabetes. The findings–which show qigong may help lower some of the markers associated with type 2 diabetes–are published in the January 2010 issue of Diabetes Care, the official American Diabetes Association journal.”

Qigong May Help Diabetes Patients Lose Weight, Study Finds

“After 12 weeks of a three-armed randomized, controlled clinical trial research study, the qigong and PRT groups both demonstrated statistically significant weight loss. Obesity is a contributing factor in diabetes, and the American Medical Association last year classified obesity as a disease. The qigong group also lowered its rate of insulin resistance, which develops when cells do not respond properly to insulin and cannot easily absorb glucose from the bloodstream.”

Control Diabetes with Qigong

Thirty-two patients, all on medication for their diabetes, were studied by a research team led by Dr. Sun.  The patients were divided into three groups:

  1. Group One practiced qigong on their own at home twice a week for thirty minutes and also attended a one-hour weekly qigong session led by an instructor.
  2. Group Two engaged in a prescribed program of gentle exercise that included movements similar to the qigong practice but without the energy component for an equivalent amount of time.
  3. Group Three continued their regular medication and medical care but did not engage in structured exercise.

The results after twelve weeks:  The qigong patients had lowered their fasting blood glucose and their levels of self-reported stress and also improved their insulin resistance.


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Video Resources: 

  1. KOMO news: Treating type 2 diabetes with Yi Ren Qigong
  2. Qigong for managing type 2 diabetes
  3. The Mystery of Chi