Anxiety associated with parachute jumping as the cause of blood red-ox balance impairment
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Zakład Farmakologii i Toksykologii UM w Łodzi
Zakład Alergologii i Rehabilitacji Oddechowej, II Katedra Otolaryngologii UM w Łodzi
Submission date: 2015-11-08
Final revision date: 2016-03-29
Acceptance date: 2016-03-31
Publication date: 2016-12-23
Corresponding author
Monika Sienkiewicz   

Department of Allergology and Respiratory Rehabilitation, 2nd Chair of Otolaryngology, Medical University of Lodz, Hallera Sq. 1, 90-647 Lodz, Polska
Psychiatr Pol 2016;50(6):1235-1250
The aim of the study was to assess the effect of anxiety associated with parachute jumps on selected redox balance parameters in regular soldiers from airborne forces. The study allows estimating whether the paratroopers exposed to high level of mental stress are simultaneously under severe oxidative stress.

The investigations were carried out on 46 professional soldiers from airborne forces divided into groups depending on the number of performed parachute jumps. Peripheral venous blood samples were obtained under fasting conditions three times for the determination of selected parameters of red-ox balance: on an ordinary working day, on the day when the jump was performed and on the day after the jump. The time of the performed determinations was to reflect the initial balance of the organism, the state at the moment of stress and its effect on the organism.

Our investigations showed lack of differences in characteristics of the activity of antioxidant enzymes (CAT and SOD) in response to mental stress depending on the experience of the investigated group in parachuting. Decrease in GSH-Px activity was demonstrated in response to mental stress in all the investigated groups. The TBARS level was higher in more experienced parachutists.

The analysis of changes in selected redox balance parameters may be useful for monitoring anxiety associated with parachute jumps.

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