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Endocrine Abstracts (2007) 14 P192

ECE2007 Poster Presentations (1) (659 abstracts)

Pioglitazone modifies the effects of growth hormone on lipolysis and insulin sensitivity

Morten B Krag 1 , Søren Nielsen 1 , ZengKui Guo 2 , Steen B Pedersen 3 , Ole Schmitz 1 , Jens S Christiansen 1 & Jens OL Jørgensen 1

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1Medical Department M, Aarhus University Hospital, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark; 2Endocrine Research Unit, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, United States; 3Medical Department C, Aarhus University Hospital, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.


Context: Thiazolidiones (TZD) improves insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes via effects on fat metabolism, whereas growth hormone (GH) stimulates lipolysis and induces insulin resistance.

Objective: To evaluate the effects of TZD on fat metabolism and insulin sensitivity in GH-treated GH deficient (GHD) patients.

Design: Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind parallel-group study including 20 GHD patients on continued GH replacement therapy. The patients were studied before and after 12 weeks.

Intervention: Patients received either tablet pioglitazone 30 mg (N=10) or placebo (N=10) once daily for 12 weeks.

Results: 12 weeks of pioglitazone treatment in GH-replaced GHD patients was associated with improved insulin sensitivity (P=0.03) and increased basal glucose oxidation (P=0.004). Change in insulin-stimulated adiponectin level after pioglitazone treatment was positive correlated to the change in insulin-stimulated total glucose disposal (R=0.69, P=0.04). Pioglitazone significantly decreased basal free fatty acid levels (P=0.02) and lipid oxidation (P=0.02). Adiponectin levels almost doubled during pioglitazone treatment (P=0.0001).

Conclusion: The impact of GH on lipolysis and insulin sensitivity is modified by administration of PPARγ agonists.

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