The Effects of Self-Paced Walking Exercises on Elderly Women With Hypertension, Hyperglycemia, and Hypercholesterolemia

자기페이스 걷기운동이 여성 노인의 고혈압, 고혈당증, 고콜스테롤혈증에 미치는 효과

  • Han, Dong-Wook (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Silla University) ;
  • Cho, Mi-Suk (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Youngdong University) ;
  • Kim, Yong-Gun (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Chungnam National University Hospital)
  • 한동욱 (신라대학교 물리치료학과) ;
  • 조미숙 (영동대학교 물리치료학과) ;
  • 김용건 (충남대학교병원 물리치료실)
  • Received : 2007.10.23
  • Accepted : 2008.01.18
  • Published : 2008.02.19

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of self-paced walking exercises in elderly women with hypertension, hyperglycemia, and hypercholesterolemia. Thirty-eight elderly women with hypertension, hyperglycemia, and hypercholesterolemia (16 hypertension, 11 hyperglycemia, 11 hypercholesterolemia), aged between 65 and 80, were invited to participate in this study. Each subject participated in a self-paced walking exercise five times a week for twelve weeks from 26 June to 16 September 2006. The changes between pre- and post-exercise were analyzed using the analysis of a paired t-test with the SPSS version 12.0 package program. There were significant decreases in systolic blood pressure (p<.01) and diastolic blood pressure (p<.05), blood glucose(p<.05), and cholesterol in the blood (p<.01). These results show that self-paced walking exercises may be helpful in treating elderly women with hypertension, hyperglycemia, and hypercholesterolemia.