Accession Number:

ADA252720

Title:

Thyroid Hormone Changes during Military Field Operations: Effects of Cold Exposure in the Arctic.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-12-20

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

This study examined the impact of prolonged physical activity in a cold environment on circulating thyroid hormone levels. A secondary focus of the study involved the role of nocturnal habitat upon the thyroidal responses to the physical activity and cold exposure. Military personnel exposed to 10 days of field-based operations in the arctic region of Norway were studied. Blood samples were collected before day 1, and at days 5 and 10 of the operations. Levels of total T4, free T4, total T3, free T3, and thyroid binding globulin were assessed in all blood samples. The results indicated considerable significant p 0.05 decreases in total thyroid hormone levels, while relative increases on free fractions of the hormones occur with the 10 days of operations in the arctic. However, no significant influence on thyroidal responses were observed due to the nocturnal habitat that the subjects lived in. The hormonal alterations noted are possibly brought about by the combined effects of physical activity and cold exposure acting synergistically to alter thyroid physiology e.g., most likely the protein carrier binding affinity. Prolonged physical work, Hypothermia, Endocrine.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE