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Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 1987 Jul-Aug;3(4):207-14.

Cholesterol biosynthesis in nonketotic diabetics before and during insulin therapy.


A previous study demonstrated that the net steroid balance, i.e., the total rate of cholesterogenesis, was within the normal range in insulin-treated patients with both insulin-dependent and noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDD). In contrast, the corresponding findings in diet-treated patients with NIDD were above normal regardless of whether sulfonylurea was also given. The aim of the current study was to reinvestigate nine patients with NIDD 3-38 months after the institution of insulin therapy. At the doses used there were no significant effects on blood glucose control but the bile acid formation and net steroid balance decreased in seven patients. It is suggested that insulin therapy depresses the rate of cholesterogenesis in NIDD. This effect may be achieved without normalizing blood glucose.

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