Effects of curcumin supplementation on quality of life of cystic fibrosis patients

Authors

1 Professor. Liver and Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Center ,Tabriz Cystic Fibrosis Registry, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

2 Assistant Professor. Liver and Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

3 MSc., Nutrition Research Centre of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

4 Department of Pediatrics, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

5 Assistant Professor of Nutrition, Liver & Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Centre of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

Abstract

Background: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common genetic disorders in children. CF patients are susceptible to chronic lung infections and malabsorption. Although patient longevity is increased by multidisciplinary care, patients still suffer from respiratory failure and low quality of life. In this situation, CF patients tend to use complementary treatments. To the best of our knowledge there is no research about curcumin supplementation in CF patients; thus, we decided to investigate the effects of curcumin supplementation on anthropometric indices, and quality of life in children with cystic fibrosis.
Martial and methods
This randomized control-controlled clinical study was conducted in Tabriz University of Medical Sciences. Forty patients CF patients were randomly sorted into intervention (n=20) and control (n=20) groups. Patients received 3 curcumin nanoparticles (80 mg; total dose 240 mg/d) or control for six consecutive months. Before and after intervention, height and weight were measured and quality of life of patients were evaluated by the PedsQL 4.0 questionnaire (CITE).

Results
After intervention, the percentage of weight changes showed a significant increase in the curcumin group compared to the control group (7.48±4.68 vs. 4.15±4.68 kg, p=0.03). Following the intervention, only the percentage of change in emotional functioning scores was significant (p=0.01).
Subjects in the curcumin group showed a trend towards more improvement in terms of percentage change in physical functioning (19.28±31.65 vs and 15.24±47.14 ) and school functioning scores ( 40.96±42.93 vs 23.90±14.82) when compared with the control group.

Conclusion
Our findings suggest that curcumin may be a useful, inexpensive, and safe supplement in combination with conventional therapy to improve body weight in CF children

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