Tai chi, an ancient form of Chinese exercise, may benefit those with type 2 diabetes, says a university researcher.
In the preliminary studies, designed by University of Queensland researcher Liu Xin, people with - or at risk of developing - diabetes recorded falls in blood pressure, weight and blood sugar levels after taking tai chi classes, reports The Courier Mail.
Many reported decreases in depressive symptoms after their involvement in the classes.
"Like in designing or producing medication, we need to target the disease specifically," Dr Liu said. "Different movements target different internal organs."
Dr Liu hopes to replicate his results in a larger trial of 200 people with depression and obesity.