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Effects of tactile massage on metabolic biomarkers in patients with type 2 diabetes
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Geriatrics.
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2013 (English)In: Diabetes & Metabolism, ISSN 1262-3636, Vol. 39, no 5, 411-417 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM: Tactile massage (TM) is a gentle and superficial form of massage. A pilot study of patients with type 2 diabetes in primary care reported a reduction of 0.8% in glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c), whereas a randomized study comparing the effects of 10 weeks of TM once per week with relaxation exercises performed once per week as per instructions on a CD found no effects of TM on HbA(1c) in an intention-to-treat analysis. However, a significant reduction in waist circumference (WC) was found between the groups.

METHODS: This was a secondary per-protocol analysis of the effect of TM (n=21) compared with relaxation (n=25) on other metabolic biomarkers. Anthropometrics (BMI and WC) and metabolic factors (B HbA(1c), S IGF, fS insulin, S adiponectin, S leptin and fP ghrelin) were assessed, insulin resistance (IR) was determined by modified homoeostasis model assessment (HOMA2-IR) using fP glucose and fS insulin, and ratios of adiponectin-to-leptin, adiponectin-to-HOMA-IR, adiponectin-to-WC and adiponectin-to-HbA1c were calculated at baseline, and at 10 weeks and 6 months after the intervention.

RESULTS: Significant results adjusted for age, gender and changes in lifestyle and medical factors were shown for WC in women (-6.2 cm [95% CI: -10.4, -1.9]), but not in men. In addition, improvements in the TM group were found for adiponectin and ratios of adiponectin-to-leptin and adiponectin-to-HbA1c levels.

CONCLUSION: Our data indicate that TM therapy may affect metabolic markers in type 2 diabetes despite the lack of significant effects on HbA(1c). The clinical implications of our findings need to be evaluated in further studies.

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2013. Vol. 39, no 5, 411-417 p.
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-223194DOI: 10.1016/j.diabet.2013.02.002PubMedID: 23642641OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-223194DiVA: diva2:712855
Available from: 2014-04-16 Created: 2014-04-16 Last updated: 2014-09-24Bibliographically approved

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