Changes in lipid profile in response to three different protocols of whole-body cryostimulation treatments

Anna Lubkowska, Giuseppe Banfi, Barbara Dołe ogonek gowska, Gian Vico Melzi d'Eril, Joanna Łuczak, Alessandra Barassi

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Systemic cryostimulation is useful treatment, both in sport and medicine, during which human body is exposed to very low, cryogenic temperature (below -100 °C). Although there exists some evidence of its beneficial effect in biological regeneration, so far it has not been unequivocally determined if the positive effect of repeated stimulations depends on their number in a series. The aim of this research was to estimate the influence of 5, 10 and 20 sessions of 3. min-long exposures to cryogenic temperature (-130 °C) on the lipid profile in physically active men. Sixty-nine healthy volunteers participated in the study. The blood samples were taken in the morning, after overnight fasting, before the first cryostimulation session, and the following morning after the last one (5th,10th, 20th). In serum specimens the concentration of total cholesterol (TCh), HDL cholesterol and triglicerydes were determined using enzymatic methods. LDL cholesterol level was calculated using Friedewald formula. The changes in lipid profile (LDL decrease with simultaneously HDL increase) occurred after at least 10 sessions of cryostimulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-26
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


  • HDL-cholesterol
  • LDL-cholesterol
  • Total cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • Whole-body cryostimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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