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The Hypoglycemic Effect of Intravenous Laser Therapy in Diabetic Mellitus Type 2 Patients; A Systematic Review and Meta-analyses

Kazemikhoo N1, 2,,Ansari F2* and Nilforoushzadeh2

1Skin Diseases and Leshmaniasis Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2Skin and Stem Cell Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

*Corresponding Author:
Ansari F
Skin and Stem Cell Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
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Received Date: September 28, 2015, Accepted Date: November 10, 2015, Published Date: November 13, 2015

Citation: Kazemikhoo N,Ansari F,Nilforoushzadeh,The Hypoglycemic Effect of Intravenous Laser Therapy in Diabetic Mellitus Type 2 Patients; A Systematic Review and Meta-analyses.Med Clin Rev. 2015, 1:7. doi: 10.21767/2471-299X.1000007

Copyright: © 2015 Kazemikhoo N, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 
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Abstract

Objectives: Intravenous Laser Blood Irradiation (ILBI) is applied in some countries for the treatment of different diseases including diabetes mellitus. But there is not any systematic review available in this field. The aim of this study is to review the articles on the effects of ILIB in diabetic type 2 patients systematically.
Material and Methods: PubMed, SciELO, Science Direct and Google Scholar databases were searched for primary articles: The literature search was restricted to studies published in English and from the unrestricted past till April 2015. The keywords used were "Intravascular laser", "Intravenous laser", "low level laser", "low intensity laser", "phototherapy", "cold laser" combined with "fasting blood glucose", "blood sugar" and "blood glucose".
Results: Seven potentially suitable articles were found and among them four articles met all inclusion criteria. All these 4 articles were included in the final metaanalysis. Comparing before and after laser therapy, showed a significant decrease in glucose level (mean difference =14.445, 95% CI: −1.12 to 30.031 P=0.007). There was not any significant heterogeneity between trials (P=0.158, I2=42.3%).
Conclusion: ILIB is a safe and effective therapeutic modality for decreasing blood sugar level in diabetic type 2 patient.

Keywords

Intravenous laser; FBG; Systematic review

Introduction

During past 40 years, Low-level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been broadly used in medical fields. Recently, there has been an increase in the clinical applications of low-level laser irradiation in various therapeutic fields. One of the most important functional aspects of laser therapy is photobiostimulatory effects of low-level lasers on various biological systems that is based on the effects of low intensity lasers, often described as lasers with less than 500 mW average power [1-4]. One of the Methods for irradiation of laser is Intravenous or (ILBI) with red, UV, and blue light, which is widely applied in the treatment of different pathologies. Blood irradiation therapy can be administered through a catheter in a vein, usually a vein in the forearm [5]. The medical effects are mainly systemic healing mechanisms including analgesic, biostimulative, immunocorrective, antibacterial, anti-allergic, antitoxic, vasodilative, antiarrhythmic, antihy-poxic, spasmolytic, anti-inflammatory, and other properties [6]. It expands the arteriovenous oxygen difference that affirms the liquidation of a tissue hypoxia and enrichment of oxygenation which is a sign of tissue metabolism normalization and improves oxidation of energycarrying molecules like glucose, pyruvate, and other substances. Laser irradiation activates ATP synthesis and energy formation in cells [5]. ILIB reduces glucose, cholesterol, low-density, and very low density lipoproteins (VLDL) and alleviates immune and hormonal system status. As ILBI has systematic effects, it can be a proper therapeutic modality in complex diseases like diabetes mellitus. Diabetes is a pathological metabolic state caused by insufficient transport and breakdown of glucose. It reveals low serum insulin to glucagon ratio and high levels of fatty acids. The liver produces glucose while other tissues use ketones and fatty acids instead of glucose [7].

As there is not any systematic review available in the field of the effects of ILIB in diabetic type 2 patients, we designed this study to review these articles systematically.

Materials and Methods

The following databases were searched for primary articles: PubMed, SciELO, Science Direct and Google Scholar. The literature search was restricted to studies published in English and from the unrestricted past till April 2015. The keywords used were "Intravascular laser", "Intravenous laser", "low level laser", "low intensity laser", "phototherapy", "cold laser" combined with "fasting blood glucose", "blood sugar" and "blood glucose".

Studies were eligible for inclusion if they fulfilled the following criteria: (i) enrolled participants diagnosed with type 2 diabetes; (ii) Intra venous laser irradiation was applied; (iii) The blood sugar of patients before and after laser irradiation has been measured.

Studies were excluded if they (i) included participants diagnosed with pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes, or type 1 diabetes; (ii) reported only categorical data of outcomes; or were posters or just abstracts. Studies that gave insufficient information regarding the laser interventions were also excluded if the related information could not be obtained from the corresponding authors.

Initial screen was based on titles or abstracts of retrieved publications; if they provided inadequate information with regard to inclusion or exclusion criteria, full-text articles were retrieved and evaluated. For each study, data regarding study sources (including author and publication year), characteristics of study population (including sample size, baseline mean age, sex [proportion of females] and duration of diabetes), characteristics of laser therapy (including frequency, intensity and wave length of laser applied), mean and standard deviation or standard error of mean of fasting blood sugar (FBS) before and after laser therapy and adherence and dropout rates, were extracted.

Two authors performed the literature selection, data collection, and quality assessment of studies.

In Kazemikhoo’s [8] study, 2015 the results of blue and red laser irradiation and all the repetitions have been combined. The Change from baseline after laser irradiation was entered in the meta-analysis and SD of mean difference was calculated using SD of glucose level before and after laser therapy and r equals 0.93.

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r=Pearson correlation coefficient.

SDB=Standard deviation of glucose level before laser therapy.

SDB= Standard deviation of glucose level after laser therapy.

SDC= Standard deviation of glucose level changes.

The heterogeneity among studies was assessed using Q test, with a P value of <10 being considered of statistical significance.

Publication bias in the meta-analyses was detected and assessed by the Begg's test and Egger's test. Statistical analyses were performed using STATA Software (Version 12.0, College Station, Texas, USA).

Results

The initial search identified 7 potentially suitable articles and among them 4 articles met all inclusion criteria. All these 4 articles were included in the final meta-analysis.

The detailed characteristics of these trials are summarized in Table 1. Of these 4 trials, a total of 70 participants were included, with sample sizes ranging from 9 to 27 in individual trials.

Source Number of subjects Mean age (Years) Sex(%male) Intervention Blood sugar before mg/dl (Mean ± SD) Blood sugar after mg/dl (Mean ± SD)
R. Chen, 2000 (Chen, Chen, Xie, Chen, & Zhang, 2000) 10 67.3 93.3 He-Ne laser extravacular irradiation therapy instrument, , O—4Omw, 632.8nm, 60 min 197.1±73.8 106.2±540
T.V. Kovalyova, 2002 (Kovalyava, 2002) 27 57.3 13 ILBI intravenously2 mW,l =0,63 mm 405-nm 15-30 min 259.74±15.48 255.78±15.3
N. KazemiKhoo, 2013 (N Kazemi Khoo et al., 2013) 9 60.63 55 ILBI intravenously1.5 mW, continuous, 405-nm 30 min 190±17 165±20
N. KazemiKhoo, 2015 (KazemiKhoo & Ansari, 2015) 24 37 63.7 ILBI intravenously1.5 mW, continuous, 405-nm and 630 nm 20-30min-one day blue one day red laser therapy 214.71±78.99 188.53±75.60

Table 1 Characteristics of included trials.

All the participants were diabetic type 2 with the base line mean glucose level ranging from 190 mg/dl to 259 mg/dl.

Compared with the before laser therapy, the pooled estimate showed a significant decrease in glucose level (Mean difference =14.445, 95% CI: −1.12 to 30.03, p=0.007; Figure 1). There was not any significant heterogeneity between trials (P=0.158, I2=42.3%).

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Figure 1: Forest plot of trials examining LLLT effects on glucose level in type 2 diabetes patients. ES, mean difference; CI, confidence interval Summary estimates were analyzed with a random-effects model.

There was no significant publication bias as evidenced by the Begg's test and Egger's test (all P>05).

Discussion

The result of this meta-analysis suggests that Intravenous laser therapy decreases blood glucose level in diabetic type 2 patients significantly. Immediately after ILIB blood glucose decreases 14 mgr/dlit. It seems that laser irradiation may have an effect on arginine and increase nitric oxide (NO) production. Arginine affects on the release of hormone like glucagon, insulin, prolactin, adrenal catecholamins and growth hormone [9]. It decreases tissue hypoxia, stimulates oxygenation and normalizes tissue metabolism [10]. Ramadawon concluded that even in advanced cases of diabetes mellitus, laser therapy could restore the pancreas function and normalize the blood glucose level. They concluded that laser irradiation could stimulate and regenerate pancreatic tissues, including the Langerhans β-cells, even in advanced disease states [11].Tiedan et al reported that ATPase was significantly lower in diabetic patients than that in control subjects, and laser irradiation significantly activated Na+/K+- ATPase, Ca2+,Mg2+-ATPase. They suggested that intravascular laser might be a new complex therapeutics for diabetes [12].

However, it shows inadequate evidence regarding the effects of other factors related to health of diabetic people. Numerous studies showed the positive effect of laser therapy on diabetic complications [13-17]. Our previous studies showed that laser irradiation may be effective in neuropathy and wound healing in these patients [18-20].It could be recommended to include these factors for future systematic reviews.

Since results from this meta-regression find intravenous laser therapy as an effective way to decrease blood sugar level in diabetic patients it could be suggested to prescribe this kind of therapy for patients with type 2 diabetes along with other classic methods such as diet, weight control, medications and exercise to gain benefits on glycemic control [21,22].

To the time being, this is the first analysis that systematically assesses the hypoglycemic effect of intravenous laser therapy, in patients with type 2 diabetes. This study analyses the quantity of therapeutic effects of this method including Mean, SD and SE. We included trials with before-after study designs. Even though it is difficult to assess causal association in this kind of trials, they are the most feasible way to measure medical intervention effects. Due to small numbers of trials in this field it was the only way to include more trials and to improve external validity of the meta-analysis.

It is recommended that future RCTs with proper control groups and appropriate description of adequate information should be conducted. Despite no significant publication bias was detected by the Begg’s test and Egger’s test, the risk of publication bias still cannot be fully ruled out due to the language restriction to English, the selection of only published papers, as well as the potentially underpowered statistical tests.

In conclusion, the meta-analysis shows that Intravenous laser therapy is associated with a decreased blood sugar level among patients with type 2 diabetes. As the selected studies evaluate the effects of intravenous laser for a short period of time, it seems more studies are needed to assess the long term effects. Future RCTs with head-to-head designs comparing intravenous laser therapy versus hyperglycemia control drugs, and with extended length of interventions (6 months) and with assessing more health related outcomes, are required to strengthen the findings in this meta-analysis.

Acknowledgements

We dedicate here our acknowledgments to Dr.Mohammadreza Rahbar for English Edition of the manuscript.

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