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World J Diabetes. Jan 15, 2024; 15(1): 1-10
Published online Jan 15, 2024. doi: 10.4239/wjd.v15.i1.1
Effects of Tai Chi in diabetes patients: Insights from recent research
Hidetaka Hamasaki
Hidetaka Hamasaki, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Internal Medicine, Hamasaki Clinic, Kagoshima 890-0046, Japan
Author contributions: Hamasaki H solely wrote this article.
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Corresponding author: Hidetaka Hamasaki, FACP, MD, PhD, Doctor, Department of Endo-crinology and Metabolism, Internal Medicine, Hamasaki Clinic, 2-21-4 Nishida, Kagoshima 890-0046, Japan. hhamasaki78@gmail.com
Received: October 21, 2023
Peer-review started: October 21, 2023
First decision: December 6, 2023
Revised: December 10, 2023
Accepted: December 28, 2023
Article in press: December 28, 2023
Published online: January 15, 2024
Core Tip

Core Tip: Exercise therapy plays a crucial role in the management of diabetes. Tai Chi offers a unique approach, serving not only as a moderate-intensity exercise but also as a mindfulness intervention that incorporates deep breathing and meditation. While prior systematic reviews have highlighted the favorable effects of Tai Chi on glycemic control and metabolic parameters in individuals with type 2 diabetes, recent randomized controlled trials have yielded inconsistent findings. This suggests that Tai Chi holds potential as an addition to diabetes management, yet there remains an insufficiency of scientific evidence, particularly in terms of elucidating its biological mechanisms of action.