alexa Short Term, Low Dose Thyroxin Treatment of Euthyroid Patients with Type 2 Diabetes improves Peripheral Blood Flow and Overall Insulin Sensitivity
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Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism
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Research Article

Short Term, Low Dose Thyroxin Treatment of Euthyroid Patients with Type 2 Diabetes improves Peripheral Blood Flow and Overall Insulin Sensitivity

Vaia Lambadiari1, Filio Spanoudi1, Eirini Maratou2, Evangelina Vassilatou1, Erifili Hatziagelaki1, Panagiota Mitrou2, George Matsangouras1 and George Dimitriadis1*

1Department of Internal Medicine, Research Institute and Diabetes Centre, Attikon University Hospital, Athens University Medical School, Athens, Greece

2Hellenic National Center for Research, Prevention and Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus and its Complications, Athens, Greece

*Corresponding Author:
George Dimitriadis
Department of Internal Medicine, Research Institute and Diabetes Center
Athens University, “Attikon” University Hospital, Rimini Street, GR-12462 Haidari, Greece
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Received date: May 19, 2016; Accepted date: June 15, 2016; Published date: June 22, 2016

Citation: Lambadiari V, Spanoudi F, Maratou E, Vassilatou E, Hatziagelaki E, Mitrou P, Matsangouras G, Dimitriadis G (2016) Short Term, Low Dose Thyroxin Treatment of Euthyroid Patients with Type 2 Diabetes improves Peripheral Blood Flow and Overall Insulin Sensitivity. J Diabetes Metab 7:677. doi:10.4172/2155-6156. 1000677

Copyright: © 2016 Lambadiari V, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Purpose: Variation of plasma thyroid hormone levels influences insulin sensitivity and peripheral glucose disposal. High thyroxin dose administration to healthy humans induces insulin resistance, whereas moderate doses increase peripheral glucose disposal. An open-labeled, randomized and placebo-controlled intervention was performed in euthyroid type 2-diabetic patients, to examine the effect of a small thyroxin dose within the euthyroid range on postprandial forearm muscle glucose uptake, insulin sensitivity, in vitro glucose uptake and GLUT4 recruitment in the plasma membrane of monocytes. Methods: A meal was given to eleven euthyroid, treatment-naive, type-2 diabetic patients (aged 43 ± 3.8 yrs, BMI 27.48 ± 1.39 kg/m2, T3 119 ± 5.7 ng/dl, T4 8,13 ± 0.46 μg/dl, TSH 1.51 ± 0.14 μU/ml, FT4 1.272 ± 0.047 ng/dl) before and after administration of 50 μg of thyroxin once daily for 2 months. Similarly, a placebo was given to eleven age, sex and BMI-matched euthyroid, type-2 diabetic patients. Blood was drawn for 300 min from a forearm deep vein and the radial artery for measurements of glucose, insulin, and GLUT4 abundance in peripheral monocytes. Forearm blood flow (BF) was measured with strain-gauge-plethysmography. Forearm glucose-uptake, and insulin sensitivity were assessed. After the first meal-tolerance-test, daily treatment with 50 μg of thyroxin or placebo was initiated for a 2-month period. Then a second identical test was repeated. Results: TSH, glucose, insulin levels and HbA1c reduced significantly in the treatment group. Peak-baseline BF and Glucose-uptake (AUC0-300 min) increased significantly (1.685 ± 0.3 vs. 3.07 ± 0.15 ml/min per 100 cc tissue, p=0.0018) and (587 ± 68 vs. 1015 ± 131 μmol per 100 cc tissue, p=0.0051), respectively. All insulin-sensitivity indices improved post-treatment. Glucose uptake and GLUT4 abundance in monocytes also improved. The placebo group exhibited no change in all variables. Conclusion: Administration of small, subthyrotoxic doses of thyroxin to euthyroid diabetic patients improves peripheral glucose disposal, blood flow responses and overall insulin sensitivity. This could be of therapeutic importance by reducing the burden of hyperglycaemia and possibly the long term complications of diabetes.


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