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Metabolism. 1998 Apr;47(4):371-6.

Effects of a short-acting insulin analog (Insulin Lispro) versus regular insulin on lipid metabolism in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

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Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital de Sant Pau, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.


Insulin Lispro (IL) is a short-acting insulin analog that better reproduces the physiological postprandial insulin profile. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of intensive insulin therapy on lipid metabolism using preprandial IL and regular insulin (RI) in 10 insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) subjects. The mean hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) at baseline was 7.13% +/- 1.2% and did not change after both treatments. In IDDM patients, total cholesterol and triglyceride levels appeared lower after RI than after IL. The low-density lipoprotein (LDL) to high-density lipoprotein (HDL) ratio significantly decreased only after RI (baseline, 2.01 +/- 0.6; IL, 1.88 +/- 0.6; RI, 1.71 +/- 0.5, P < .05). Although no very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) composition abnormalities were observed at baseline, the protein content was lower (P < .05) after IL (8.13% +/- 2.93%) than after RI (11.93% +/- 3.41%). Intermediate-density lipoprotein (IDL) protein depletion at baseline (6.14% +/- 6.84%) was normalized after both treatments (IL, 11.09% +/- 12.14%; RI, 10.38% +/- 16.68%, P < .05). LDL, HDL, HDL2, and HDL3 composition abnormalities were similar after both treatments and did not normalize. IDDM and control subjects showed similar LDL subfraction distribution at baseline and after both treatments. Two-hour postprandial VLDL composition alterations, although improved after RI, completely normalized after IL (P < .05). Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) and cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) activities were similar to the control group and did not change after both treatments. Hepatic lipase (HL) activity was lower in diabetic patients (39.6 +/- 35.2 v 87.0 +/- 27.1 U/L, P < .01) and remained lower after both treatments. In conclusion, in IDDM patients, IL (injected immediately before the meal) may offer small different effects on lipoprotein metabolism versus RI (injected 30 minutes before the meal) that, taken together, do not seem relevant.

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