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Figure 1

Trial consort flow diagram. MetS, metabolic syndrome; SBP, systolic BP.

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Baseline characteristics

Effects of galantamine on primary outcomes. The effects of galantamine treatment on the primary outcome measures, plasma cytokines and adipokines, are presented in Table 2 . At the end of the 12-week treatment period, plasma levels of the proinflammatory cytokine TNF decreased with galantamine treatment and this change was statistically significant compared with placebo (–2.57 pg/ml [95% CI –4.96 to –0.19]; P = 0.035). Galantamine also decreased plasma levels of IL-1β, but this effect did not reach statistical significance compared with placebo (–1.88 pg/ml [95% CI –3.28 to –0.7]; P = 0.078). Galantamine had no significant effect on the plasma levels of IL-6 (0.17 pg/ml [95% CI –2.18 to 3.08]; P = 0.412) compared with placebo. Conversely, galantamine treatment resulted in significantly increased plasma levels of the antiinflammatory cytokine IL-10 (1.32 pg/ml [95% CI 0.29 to 2.38]; P = 0.002) compared with placebo. It should be noted that IL-1β, IL-6, and IL-10 levels included values below the lower detectable limits of the assays. The frequency of these values below the lower detectable limit is shown in Latasa Womens Fashion Beaded PointedToe Mid Chunky Heel Dress Pumps Black K1wHQU
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Table 2

Effect of galantamine treatment on inflammatory markers

Table 3

Frequency of results below the lower detectable limit for cytokine assays

Plasma adipokine levels also were altered by galantamine treatment. Plasma levels of leptin, a molecule with proinflammatory properties, were significantly decreased in patients taking galantamine (–12.02 ng/ml [95% CI –17.71 to –6.33]; P < 0.0001) compared with those taking placebo. In contrast, plasma levels of adiponectin, an antiinflammatory mediator, were significantly increased in the galantamine group (2.71 μg/ml [95% CI 1.93 to 3.49]; P < 0.0001) compared with the placebo group. Accordingly, the leptin/adiponectin ratio was significantly decreased with galantamine treatment (–2.67 [95% CI –3.46 to –1.87]; P < 0.0001) compared with placebo ( Table 2 ).

Effects of galantamine on secondary outcomes. Galantamine effects on secondary outcome measures are shown in Reebok Womens Crossfit Speed Tr CrossTrainer Shoe Cloud Grey/Royal Slate/Crisp Blue/Hero Yellow 5ApE0XZmB5
. Homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) was significantly lower in patients receiving galantamine (log scale 0.55 [95% CI 0.36 to 0.85]; P = 0.008) compared with those on placebo. This drug effect was related to a significant decrease in insulin levels in the galantamine group (log scale 0.57 mU/l [95% CI 0.37 to 0.87]; P = 0.010) compared with the placebo group. Glucose levels were also decreased in the galantamine group (–5.57 mg/dl [95% CI –11.77 to 0.63]; P = 0.077), but this drug effect was not statistically significant. HRV frequency components reflecting autonomic modulation of the cardiac function were also altered by galantamine treatment ( Soludos Womens Original Dali Slipper White RSe4K
). The low frequency (LF) power (ms 2 ) of HRV in the galantamine group was significantly decreased, compared with the placebo group (log scale 0.48 ms 2 [95% CI 0.29 to 0.80]; P = 0.005). This alteration was associated with significantly decreased LF (normalized units [nu]) of HRV and a corresponding increase in high frequency (HF) (nu) of HRV, compared with placebo. Accordingly, a lower LF/HF ratio was determined in the galantamine arm (log scale 0.50 nu [95% CI 0.35 to 0.71]; P < 0.0001). Fat tissue depots in the galantamine and placebo groups did not differ significantly: intra-abdominal fat tissue (–1.98 cm 2 [95% CI –10.25 to 6.29]; P = 0.633); subcutaneous abdominal fat tissue (–0.29 cm 2 [95% CI –16.32 to 15.74]; P = 0.971); and epicardial fat tissue (–14.99 ml [95% CI –33.64 to 3.65]; P = 0.113) ( Table 4 ). The spleen, an important organ target of the inflammatory reflex ( Bacco Bucci Mens Adria Fashion Sneaker Brick 98Xbs
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, 24 ) was visualized while performing intra-abdominal fat tissue assessment. Thus, potential alterations in galantamine effects as a result of prior splenectomy were excluded. In parallel with the lack of effect of galantamine on fat depots, no significant differences between the groups were determined in body weight (0.07 kg [95% CI –1.26 to 1.39]; P = 0.918), BMI (0.02 kg/m 2 [95% CI –0.46 to 0.50]; P = 0.949), and waist circumference (–0.87 cm [95% CI –2.35 to 0.61]; P = 0.245). HDL cholesterol levels were nonsignificantly increased (0.88 mg/dl [95% CI –2.19 to 3.95]; P = 0.568) and LDL cholesterol (–1.73 mg/dl [95% CI –15.78 to 12.31]; P = 0.805), triglyceride (–8.2 mg/dl [95% CI –38.81 to 22.42]; P = 0.593), and total cholesterol levels (–1.99 mg/dl [95% CI –15.28 to 11.29]; P = 0.764) nonsignificantly decreased with galantamine treatment compared with placebo ( Table 4 ). We used distinctive and complementary methods to determine arterial BP, considering its importance in physiology and pathophysiological conditions, including MetS. Evaluation of office BP registration, a common method used for clinical assessment, showed no significant effect of galantamine on the systolic BP (SBP) (2.47 mmHg [95% CI –4.23 to 9.16]; P = 0.464) and diastolic BP (DBP) (1.70 mmHg [95% CI –4.0 to 7.4]; P = 0.553) compared with placebo. Furthermore, ambulatory BP (ABP) monitoring (ABPM) revealed no significant differences in the awake SBP (1.20 mmHg [95% CI –3.54 to 5.94]; P = 0.614), awake DBP (–1.07 mmHg [95% CI –4.63 to 2.50]; P = 0.551), sleep SBP (2.63 mmHg [95% CI –3.38 to 8.65]; P = 0.551), and sleep DBP (0.43 mmHg [95% CI –4.07 to 4.94]; P = 0.848) between the groups. Galantamine did not significantly alter heart rate (1.74 bpm [95% CI –2.47 to 5.95]; P = 0.411) compared with placebo ( Table 4 ).

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