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The Effects of Immersion in Dead Sea Water on Glucose Levels in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified April 2012 by Soroka University Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Idit F Liberty, Soroka University Medical Center Identifier:
First received: April 16, 2012
Last updated: April 18, 2012
Last verified: April 2012

BACKGROUND: Bathing in sweet or mineral water can induce significant physiological changes in several body systems including the endocrine system. To date, there have only been a small number of reports that balneology can reduce blood sugar Levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM].

OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of a immersion in sweet or mineral water on blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 DM.

METHODS: Forty patients with type 2 DM will immerse in either sweet or mineral water twice daily. In both cases the water will be warmed to a temperature of 35 degrees C and the bath continue for 20 minutes.

Condition Intervention
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Procedure: Dead Sea water
Procedure: Pool water

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effects of Immersion in Dead Sea Water on Glucose Levels in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients

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Further study details as provided by Soroka University Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Glucose Levels [ Time Frame: participants will be followed for the duration of hotel stay, an expected average of 5 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • HbA1c levels [ Time Frame: three months afer intervention ]

Estimated Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: July 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Dead Sea Water Procedure: Dead Sea water
Subjects will immerse in mineral (dead sea) waters for twenty minutes twice daily for a period of 10 days
Sham Comparator: Pool Water Procedure: Pool water
Subjects will immerse in sweet(pool)waters for twenty minutes twice daily for a period of 10 days


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes mellitus patients(HbA1c levels between 7.5-10)
  • Ages 18-65
  • Signed Informed Consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Diabetic ulcers or damaged skin
  • PVD
  • Diabetes diagnosis for over 20 years
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01580852

Soroka University Medical Cetner
Beer Sheva, Israel, 84101
Sponsors and Collaborators
Idit F Liberty
Principal Investigator: Idit Liberty, MD Soroka University Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Idit F Liberty, Principal Investigator, Soroka University Medical Center Identifier: NCT01580852     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: sor008412clit 
Study First Received: April 16, 2012
Last Updated: April 18, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases processed this record on February 17, 2017