OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to determine whether blood thrombogenicity is related to chronic glycemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes mellitus is associated with accelerated atherosclerosis and a high rate of arterial thrombotic complications. Whether increased blood thrombogenicity is associated with glycemic control has not been properly tested. METHODS: Forty patients with T2DM with hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) ≥7.5% were selected. Maintaining their current hypoglycemic therapies, patients were randomized into a conservative (diet modification plus placebo) or intensive (diet modification plus troglitazone) hypoglycemic regimen for three months. Blood thrombogenicity was measured at baseline and after three months with the Badimon ex vivo perfusion chamber and assessed as platelet-thrombus formation. The repeated measurements allowed every patient to be his/her own control. RESULTS: Patients in both groups (48% and 74% of the conservative and intensive groups, respectively) improved glucose control (HbA1c reduction ≥0.5%), showing a significant decrease in blood thrombogenicity. A significant positive correlation was observed between the reduction in thrombus formation and the reduction in HbA1c (r = 0.47, p < 0.01). The reduction in HbA1c achieved by both treatments was comparable. Patients without glycemic improvement showed no change in blood thrombogenicity. Improved glycemic control was the only significant predictor of a decrease in blood thrombogenicity. CONCLUSIONS: In T2DM, there is an association between improved glycemic control and blood thrombogenicity reduction. The effect of glycemic control on the thrombotic complications of T2DM patients deserves further investigation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine