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Table 3 Blood sampling and physiological measures. The table illustrates the biological markers and physiological measures sampled at baseline and after the six months intervention.

From: Psychophysiological effects of a web-based stress management system: A prospective, randomized controlled intervention study of IT and media workers [ISRCTN54254861]

Categories Physiological marker
Cardiovascular system and lifestyle Blood pressure, pulse, waist-hip ratio, BMI, P-BNP (brain natriuretic peptide), P-PAI-1 (plasminogen activator inhibitor 1), S-insulin, B-HbA1C, S-triglycerides, S-cholesterol, S-HDL, S-LDL, P-fibrinogen, B-trombocytes.
Stress-related (HPA-axis, catabolic) S-prolactin, P-ACTH (adreno corticotropic hormone), S-cortisol, S-TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), S-T3, S-T4 (free), S-urate.
Recovery-related (anabolic) S-GH (growth hormone), S-IGF-1, S-DHEAS-S (dehydroepiandosterone sulphate), S-estradiol, S-testosterone, S-SHBG (sexual hormone binding globulin).
Immune markers and neuropeptides S-TNFα (tumour necrosis factor alpha), high sensitive S-CRP (c-reactive protein), P-NPY, P-CgA (chromogranin A).