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J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Aug;100(8):E1116-24. doi: 10.1210/jc.2015-1577. Epub 2015 Jun 11.

Duration of Diabetes Predicts Aortic Pulse Wave Velocity and Vascular Events in Alström Syndrome.

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Diabetes Research Unit (R.B.P., J.S., C.C., S.B.), Horizon Centre, Torbay Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Lawes Bridge, Torquay, Devon TQ2 7AA, United Kingdom; School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine (T.B.), College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, United Kingdom; Leeds Children's Hospital (F.C.), Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 3EX, United Kingdom; Internal Medicine 3 (P.M.), Department of Medicine, University Hospital of Padua, 35122 Padua, Italy; The Jackson Laboratory (J.D.M.), Bar Harbor, Maine 04609; University of Nottingham Medical School (C.P.), Nottingham NG7 2UH, United Kingdom; and Department of Cardiology (R.P.S., N.C.E.), and Department of Endocrinology (T.G.), University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Birmingham B15 2TH, United Kingdom.



Alström syndrome is characterized by increased risk of cardiovascular disease from childhood.


To explore the association between risk factors for cardiovascular disease, aortic pulse wave velocity, and vascular events in Alström syndrome.


Cross-sectional analyses with 5-year follow-up.


The UK NHS nationally commissioned specialist clinics for Alström syndrome.


Thirty-one Alström patients undertook vascular risk assessment, cardiac studies, and aortic pulse wave velocity measurement. Subsequent clinical outcomes were recorded.


Insulin resistance was treated with lifestyle intervention and metformin, and diabetes with the addition of glitazones, glucagon-like peptide 1 agonists, and/or insulin. Thyroid and T deficiencies were corrected. Dyslipidemia was treated with statins and nicotinic acid derivatives. Cardiomyopathy was treated with standard therapy as required.


The associations of age, gender, and risk factors for cardiovascular disease with aortic pulse wave velocity were assessed and correlated with the effects of reduction in left ventricular function. Vascular events were monitored for 5 years.


Aortic pulse wave velocity was positively associated with the duration of diabetes (P = .001) and inversely with left ventricular ejection fraction (P = .036). Five of the cohort with cardiovascular events had higher aortic pulse wave velocity (P = .0247), and all had long duration of diabetes.


Duration of diabetes predicted aortic pulse wave velocity in Alström syndrome, which in turn predicted cardiovascular events. This offers hope of secondary prevention because type 2 diabetes can be delayed or reversed by lifestyle interventions.

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