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Effect of yoga exercise on pulmonary function in young medical students

Authors: Thirupathi C. and AanandhaSubramaniam K.

Int J Med Res Health Sci.341-343 | pdf PDF Full Text

Yoga is well known for its contribution towards maintenance of normal health since Vedic period. Medical students
have been shown to exhibit early risk factors for chronic diseases due to lack of exercise and stress due to their
curriculum. The study was designed to assess the effect of yoga exercise on Lung Function among young medical
students. 60 male first year MBBS students volunteers age ranging from 17 to 19 years, studying at Madras
Medical College, Chennai were recruited for present study. They were taught yoga and allowed to practice yoga
daily for 45 minutes for 10 weeks. Parameters like weight, BMI, chest expansion, Respiratory rate , Mean
Expiratory Pressure (MEP) and Mean Inspiratory Pressure (MIP) and spirometric parameters like FVC, FEV1 and
PEFR were recorded before and after the study. A significant reduction in weight, increase in cheat expansion,
MEP, MIP, FEV, FEV
1 and PEFR with p value < 0.001 . No significant change in BMI, respiratory rate was
observed. All Medical students along with their busy curriculum as to be trained and encouraged to practice yoga
daily to improve their lung function and life pattern.

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