Health Sciences Center Seeks Diabetic Participants for Study of Tai Chi’s Effects on Glycemic Control

DATE: July 31, 2006
CONTACT: Julie Toland,

LUBBOCK – Individuals with type 2 diabetes are invited to participate in a research project sponsored by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center focusing on the effects of tai chi exercise on glycemic control.

Male and female participants ages 20 to 70 will have the opportunity to attend one-hour tai chi exercise classes three times per week for 12 weeks. Classes will begin in late August. A glucose meter and test strips will be provided at no cost during the project.

Tai chi is an ancient martial art that uses gentle and flowing movements, is low impact and requires no equipment. In addition to improving regulation of blood glucose levels, potential benefits include improving cardiovascular functions; improving balance and preventing falls; strengthening the immune system; improving blood circulation; and promoting relaxation and stress reduction.

Potential participants are required to attend an information session. To sign up for pre-screening, call Tysha at 743-3082 or Marilyn at 743-2736.