Table 3

Blood sampling and physiological measures. The table illustrates the biological markers and physiological measures sampled at baseline and after the six months intervention.


Physiological marker

Cardiovascular system and lifestyle

Blood pressure, pulse, waist-hip ratio, BMI, P-BNP (brain natriuretic peptide), P-PAI-1 (plasminogen activator inhibitor 1), S-insulin, B-HbA1C, S-triglycerides, S-cholesterol, S-HDL, S-LDL, P-fibrinogen, B-trombocytes.

Stress-related (HPA-axis, catabolic)

S-prolactin, P-ACTH (adreno corticotropic hormone), S-cortisol, S-TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), S-T3, S-T4 (free), S-urate.

Recovery-related (anabolic)

S-GH (growth hormone), S-IGF-1, S-DHEAS-S (dehydroepiandosterone sulphate), S-estradiol, S-testosterone, S-SHBG (sexual hormone binding globulin).

Immune markers and neuropeptides

S-TNF╬▒ (tumour necrosis factor alpha), high sensitive S-CRP (c-reactive protein), P-NPY, P-CgA (chromogranin A).

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