African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5233

Short Communication

Effect of Tai Chi exercise on older people with nephritis

Cao Yun1 and Niu Aijun2*
  1Department of Sport of Zunyi Normal University, Zunyi, Guizhou 563002, China. 2Wushu Department, Guangzhou Sport Universtiy, Guangzhou 510500, China.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 19 April 2011
  •  Published: 04 June 2011

Abstract

 

To evaluate the effect of Tai Chi exercise on older people with nephritis, 124 older people with nephritis were asked to practice Tai Chi exercise for 40 min once every day. Results showed that Tai Chi” quan exercise significantly decrease high-shear whole blood viscosity, low-shear whole blood viscosity, plasma viscosity, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), hematocrit (HCT), usea nitrogen, creatinine and creatinine scavenging rate during 12 months of practice. This indicates that Tai Chi exercise is beneficial to prevent and delay nephritis deterioration.

 

Key words: Tai Chi, nephritis, old people, hematocrit (HCT).