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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Tehran University of Medical Sciences Press
ISSN: 1018-4406
EISSN: 2008-2150
Vol. 26, No. 5, 2016, pp. 83-91
Bioline Code: pe16077
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Iranian Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 26, No. 5, 2016, pp. 83-91

 en The Effects of Nutrition, Exercise, and a Praying Program on Reducing Iron Overload in Patients With Beta-Thalassemia Major: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Molazem, Zahra; Noormohammadi, Roghaye; Dokouhaki, Roya; Zakerinia, Maryam & Bagheri, Zahra


Background: Excessive iron accumulation in the visceral organs creates problems for patients with beta-thalassemia major. Despite chelation therapy, mortality rate from the complications of this disease is still quite high.
Objectives: This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of nutrition, exercise, and a praying program at reducing iron overload in patients with beta-thalassemia major.
Patients and Methods: This randomized clinical trial assessed the effect of the designed care program on iron overload. The study was conducted in 38 patients with beta-thalassemia major who ranged in age from 15 - 35 years and had been referred to the largest center for thalassemic patients in Shiraz. The patients were randomly assigned to an intervention (n = 18) and a control (n = 20) group. Blood samples were collected from the participants before and two months after the intervention. Then, the data were statistically analyzed using chi-square, Fisher’s exact test, Mann-Whitney U-test, Wilcoxon, independent samples t-test, and paired samples t-test.
Results: The results showed that the mean level of serum ferritin significantly decreased in the intervention group two months after beginning the intervention. Also, the mean level of serum iron decreased in the intervention group, but the difference was not statistically significant.
Conclusions: The planned educational program could be used to reduce iron overload and ultimately improve the patients’ health status.

Beta-Thalassemia Major; Exercise; Iron; Ferritin; Nutrition; Praying

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