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Issue 91 Item 12 Improved Glycemic Control of Type 2 Diabetes Reduces Risk of Th

Feb 12, 2002

Hyperglycemia can enhance thrombogenicity  The more that HbA1c levels are reduced, the greater the reduction in thrombus formation, according to a double-blind study involving an insulin sensitizer in patients with type 2 diabetes.  

All 40 patients studied, who had elevated HbA10 values (>7.5%) despite dietary modi­fication and treatment with insulin or sulfonylurea, or both, were random­ized to receive a placebo or troglita­zone (800 mglday) for 3 months, during which their previous regimen was continued. 

Studies at baseline and at 3 months included thrombogenicity assessment using a recently devel­oped ex vivo perfusion chamber that allows histologic measurement of thrombus formation over porcine sortie tunica media; the effect of clinically significant glycemic control (defined as HbA1ç reduction of 0.5% or more) on thrombogenicity was measured as the change in the area of the thrombus at baseline and at 3 months. 

Patients in both the trogiftazone (74%) and placebo (46%) groups frequently experienced significant glycemic control, which in turn was the only independent variable associ­ated with significant thrombus reduc­tion. Patients who had no glycemic improvement showed no change in thrornbogenicity. However, the possibility that troglitazone had an antithrombotlc effect In addition to glucose lowering cannot be excluded by this study design. 

The investigators noted that their findings contrast with those of previ­ous groups, who had failed to find a link between Improved glycemic control and reduced hypercoagulability in patients with diabetes. They suggested that techniques previously used (such as in vitro platelet aggre­gation and measurement of plasma proteins) cannot accurately assess hypercoagulability. Rather, they argued that the perfusion chamber technique makes such measurements possible by mimicking the high-shear conditions  present in a mildly stenotic coronary artery 

The findings support the hypothesis that hyperglycemia can enhance thrombogenicity (perhaps by acceler­ating the formation of advanced glycosalated end products), and conversely that giycemlc control can inhiblt thrombogenicity. More broadly, they lend credence to the view that the hypercoaguuuulable state should be added to the list of risk factors for thrombotic complications of athero­sclerosis in type 2 diabetes.

Ounde Jl et al. Blood thrombogenicity in type 2 diabetes patients is associated with glycemic control. Jam Coll Cardiol.  2001:38:1307-1312.