The effect of balneotherapy on antioxidant, inflammatory, and metabolic indices in patients with cardiovascular risk factors (hypertension and obesity)-A randomised, controlled, follow-up study

Mihály Oláh, Ágnes Koncz, Judit Fehér, Judit Kálmánczhey, Csaba Oláh, György Nagy, Tamás Bender

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Abstract

Introduction: The primary objective of our study was to explore the changes of antioxidant, inflammatory, and metabolic parameters in obese and hypertension people patients during balneotherapy and to evaluate the safety of balneotherapy in these participants. Methods: Following randomisation, 22 obese and 20 hypertensive patients underwent balneotherapy with thermal water of 38°C temperature, in 15 sessions of 30 minutes. An additional 22 obese and 20 hypertensive patients served as controls. Antioxidant, inflammatory, and metabolic parameters were determined at baseline, as well as post-treatment and at the end of follow-up (at 15. weeks). Results: As regards changes observed in hypertensive patients subjected to balneotherapy, differences could be detected between baseline and post-treatment albumin and haemoglobin A 1c levels only; however, these were no longer significant after 3months. Although the difference between transferrin levels determined at the end of balneotherapy and 3months later was significant, it remained within the physiological range, as well as it was accompanied by normal serum iron level and therefore, it was considered irrelevant. C-reactive protein levels of balneotherapy patients decreased significantly after treatment.In obese patients, haemoglobin A 1c level decreased after balneotherapy, but this difference was not observed either after 3months. Similarly, both transferrin and C-reactive protein levels changed from baseline, but not between groups. Conclusions: This study contributes important information regarding the safety of balneotherapy in hypertensive and obese diabetics by showing no alterations of antioxidant, inflammatory, or metabolic indices. The findings of this study confirm that balneotherapy is not contraindicated for hypertensive or obese patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-801
Number of pages9
JournalContemporary Clinical Trials
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2011

Keywords

  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Balneotherapy
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)

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