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August 1982

Lipid Metabolism in Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus: Effect of Glipizide Therapy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine; and Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Palo Alto, Calif.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(8):1498-1500. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340210094019

• Plasma lipid concentration and lipoprotein composition were studied before and after several months of glipizide treatment in 23 patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. The mean (±SEM) plasma glucose level fell 87 mg/dL, and the fall in plasma glucose concentration was correlated with a reduction in plasma triglyceride, very low-density lipoprotein triglyceride, cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. Furthermore, there was a statistically significant increase in the plasma high-density lipoprotein cholesterol to total cholesterol ratio. Thus, improved diabetic control in patients treated with glipizide with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus leads to changes in lipoprotein metabolism thought to be beneficial in terms of known cardiovascular risk factors.

(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:1498-1500)