Basically, what is unique about cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is the use of cold
temperatures to treat medical conditions (consult your physician, as always). It can be used to
reduce inflammation and pain, improve healing time, and increase blood flow.
For people with diabetes, cryotherapy can help improve circulation and nerve function.
Introduction/Aim: The incidence of type 2 diabetes in Belarus continues to grow.
Alongside with the standard treatment search for the new methods of intervention still
continued. Whole body cryotherapy appears to be a promising method of metabolic
correction. Study aim was the estimation of various low-temperature regimen influence
on biochemical parameters and BMI characteristics of patients with metabolic syndrome
and type 2 diabetes and selection the optimal low-temperature intervention routine.
Methods: A target group — adult patients with diagnostically proven type 2 diabetes, or
metabolic syndrome were selected for the study. The protocol of low temperature
influence supposed two regimens — intensive (10 procedures 2 times a week) and mild (10
procedures, once a week) whole body cryotherapy. Alongside, a standard treatment
intervention was performed without additional modification: life-style correction, diet
correction, medication agents — metformin + glycemia lowering drugs if required, in
standard dosages. Anthropometry for BMI, waist circumference, blood pressure and
blood samples for biochemical and cytokine parameters were measured before the
beginning of the intervention and 3 months after the entrance to the research. The
protocol was approved by the institutional ethics committee and informed consent was
received in all participating patients.
Results: A group of 51 patients volunteered to take part in the study. Average age was
34±7.4 years (M±SD), BMI in all patients was in the range between 26.5 – 30.2 kg/m 2 ,
glycated hemoglobin varied from 5.8 to 6.1% and in type 2 patients exceeded 6.2%. In 2
months after the cryotherapy course, both intensive and mild, patients with type 2
diabetes showed significant improvement of glycemic levels (6.2±0.75 mmol/l for mild and
5.6±1.32 mmol/l for intensive cryo-treatment) and non-significant reduction of HbA1c.
Leptin levels were reduced more effectively, compared to initial findings, in a prolonged
cryo-treatment (24.97±12.8 ng/ml) vs. intensive – 28.3±22.04 ng/ml. Metabolic syndrome
patients have had a similar protective shift of leptin levels in case of more intensive, but
not prolonged treatment.
Conclusion: Whole body cryotherapy showed to be an effective additional method for
compliance improvement in all groups of patients, being especially effective in metabolic
syndrome group, helping patients to improve biochemical parameters and reduce the
weight gain with the short, but high intensity of influence, while mild cryo helped type 2
patients to reduce average glycemic and leptin levels. A long-term effect of the single
short term intervention still requires further observation.
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