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J Intern Med. 2013 Apr;273(4):410-21. doi: 10.1111/joim.12032. Epub 2013 Feb 14.

Sitagliptin improves beta-cell function in patients with acute coronary syndromes and newly diagnosed glucose abnormalities--the BEGAMI study.

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Cardiology Unit, Department of Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.



Newly detected impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are common in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS; i.e. unstable angina/myocardial infarction) and related to disturbed beta-cell function. The aim of this study is to test the hypothesis that treatment with a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor initiated soon after a coronary event improves beta-cell function.


Acute coronary syndrome ACS patients with IGT or T2DM (n = 71), screened by oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) 4-23 days (median 6 days) after hospital admission, were randomly assigned to sitagliptin 100 mg (n = 34) or placebo (n = 37) and treated for a duration of 12 weeks. All patients received lifestyle advice but no glucose-lowering agents other than the study drug. The study end-point was beta-cell function assessed using the insulinogenic index (IGI = ΔInsulin30 /ΔGlucose30 ), derived from an OGTT, and acute insulin response to glucose (AIRg) assessed by a frequently sampled intravenous glucose tolerance test.


The IGI and AIRg did not differ at baseline between the sitagliptin and placebo groups (69.9 vs. 66.4 pmol mmol(-1) and 1394 vs. 1106 pmol L(-1) min(-1) respectively). After 12 weeks, the IGI was 85.0 in the sitagliptin and 58.1 pmol/mmol in the placebo group (P = 0.013) and AIRg was 1909 and 1043 pmol L(-1) min(-1) (P < 0.0001) in the sitagliptin and placebo groups respectively. Fasting glucose at baseline was 6.1 mmol L(-1) in sitagliptin-treated patients and 6.0 mmol L(-1) in those who received placebo compared with 5.8 and 5.9 mmol L(-1) respectively, after 12 weeks of treatment. Post load glucose metabolism improved in significantly more sitagliptin-treated patients compared with the placebo group (P = 0.003). Sitagliptin was well tolerated.


Sitagliptin improved beta-cell function and glucose perturbations in patients with ACS and newly diagnosed glucose disturbances.

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