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Medicina dello Sport 2016 September;69(3):388-94

language: English, Italian

A study of the influence of Tai Chi Chuan exercise on immune function of type 2 diabetes patients

Kejin SHI

Department of Physical Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China


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BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the influence of Tai Chi Chuan exercise on immune function in patients with type 2 diabetes.
METHODS: The method of self-contrast was used to obtain the changes of immune function before and after Tai Chi Chuan exercise.
RESULTS: Alexin C3, interleukin-2 (IL-2) and CD4+ T cell increased as expected (P<0.05), whereas soluble interleukin receptor (S-IL-2R) levels dropped significantly (P<0.05), and no changes occurred in CD4+/CD8+ ratio.
CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that Tai Chi Chuan exercise contributes to improve immune function in type 2 diabetes patients.

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