Effect of lymphatic drainage on blood and urinary glucose in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus: preliminary study
[Abstract in English]

Elaine Pansa Palazzin, Natália Harumi Kikuchi, Roseli Franck Schittler, João Afonso Ruaro, Andersom Ricardo Fréz, Maria da Glória Karan Marquetti


AIMS: To assess the immediate influence of manual lymphatic drainage in the lower limbs on capillary glycemia and urinary glucose in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus.
METHODS: Seven subjects with type 1 diabetes mellitus underwent nine interventions using the Vodder method of manual lymphatic drainage. We analyzed the blood glucose and glycosuria pre-and post-manual lymph drainage. The results were analyzed using the paired t test, considering p less than 0.05 significant.
RESULTS: The averages pre-manual lymph drainage for blood glucose were 215.9±129.7 mg/dL and for urinary glucose were 1288.2±2221.1 mg/dL, and for the the post-manual lymph drainage were 187.1±109.2 mg/dL for blood glucose and 1049.6±1866.0 mg/dL for urinary glucose. Both variables showed a significant difference: for capillary blood glucose, p less than 0.00001; and for urinary glucose, p=0.0321.
CONCLUSIONS: Manual lymphatic drainage showed an acute effect on the blood and urinary glucose of type 1 diabetic patients.



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