Effect of intensive blood-glucose control with metformin on complications in overweight patients with type 2 diabetes (UKPDS 34). Original Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Effects of Intensive Glucose Lowering in Type 2 Diabetes. UKPDS overview. 1. The UK Prospective Diabetes Study ukpds; 2. • year multicenter RCT -Interventional Trial from to • Intensive.

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Diabetes was first recognized years ago by the Ancient Egyptians. One of the first clinical descriptions was by Aretaeus, who practised in Cappadocia around AD. In modern society, the first statement is far from true. The incidence of diabetes has doubled every 20 years since [ 2 ].

In the world wide prevalence of type 2 non-insulin dependent diabetes was 99 million 1. The second statement is as true today as it was almost years ago. With the increasing prevalence of the condition, these figures will escalate. Prevention would be the ideal solution, but is currently a remote prospect.

In the meantime any way of significantly reducing the burden of diabetes-related complications will have a major impact on patient well-being and on cost effectiveness of management.

Until the early s, there was no evidence that our management of diabetes had any beneficial impact on the incidence of vascular complications. On the contrary, the pioneering study of the s, the University Group Diabetes Program UGDP [ 8 ], suggested that treatment with tolbutamide might be harmful.

The study was designed to assess the impact of blood glucose lowering therapies on complications, with patients being randomly allocated to placebo, tolbutamide, phenformin, or insulin. The study was stopped after 8 years because of an increase in cardiovascular deaths in those receiving tolbutamide. However, for many years the design and conduct of the UGDP were subject to fierce debate which was never satisfactorily resolved; uncertainty continued about treatment and glycaemic targets for type 2 diabetes.

Whether the same holds true in type 2 diabetes remained uncertain. Intensive treatment often results in hyperinsulinaemia, with weight gain and an increase in hypoglycaemia [ 9 ], both of which have theoretical adverse effects on macrovascular disease, the major life threatening complication of type 2 diabetes.

Antihypertensive therapy reduces the risk of both cardiovascular and cerebrovascular estudi in the general population [ 12 ], but to what extent these findings apply to type esstudio diabetes was again not clear. Over subjects at 23 centres across the UK were considered for inclusion; took part. It was the largest and longest study ever undertaken in diabetes; median follow-up was 10 years.

As well as attempting to resolve unanswered clinical issues, the study generated a huge epidemiological database, comprising over 20 million data items. The primary aim was to uipds the effect of intensive glycaemic control on the incidence of complications; the secondary aim was to assess whether there were differences between treatments Figure 1.

Protocol amendments were made to add topics not originally included. These strengthened the study by broadening its scope, but at the cost of complicating the treatment allocation, conduct and analysis of the study.

Numerous substudies were embedded Eztudio 2the most notable being the Hypertension in Diabetes Study. Over 30 papers have been published from the UKPDS database, and many more are in preparation or planned.

When diet failed to achieve these targets, subjects were randomized to sulphonylureas, insulin or metformin, the latter in obese patients only.

When single treatments failed, combinations were used. Estduio results ukpdds primarily expressed in terms of aggregate end points: Twenty-one ikpds end points were also defined. The emphasis on aggregate end-points allowed the study outcomes to be presented in a clinically meaningful way, i. Their use also reduced the number of treatment comparisons, thus minimizing the chances of false-positive results, but had the disadvantage of concealing the magnitude of effects on individual end points.

Intensive glucose control significantly reduced any diabetes-related end point, but had no effect on mortality. The predominant effect of tighter control was a reduction of microvascular disease by a quarter, largely due to a reduction in laser photocoagulation.

There was also a trend, just short of statistical significance, towards a reduction in macrovascular disease. No threshold was seen, i. That the reduced occurrence of myocardial infarction was not significant may be upkds to type 2 statistical error. Had the separation of HbA 1c between groups been greater, a significant effect of intensive control on macrovascular disease might have been demonstrated.


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The secondary aim of the study was to compare the effects of different treatments for diabetes, since some have theoretical advantages and disadvantages. For example, sulphonylureas close myocardial ATP-sensitive potassium channels, which could impair ischaemia induced vasodilatation [ 16 ], perhaps explaining the results of the UGDP.

In addition, some studies have suggested that hyperinsulinaemic states are atherogenic [ 17 ], and the increased incidence of hypoglycaemia with intensive control with insulin could theoretically precipitate a cerebrovascular or cardiovascular event. The UKPDS showed no difference in outcome between treatments, which is at first sight wstudio, but the study was powered to assess the uklds of intensive therapy in general and it is unclear whether there is adequate power uklds this subgroup analysis.

In addition, actual therapy often differed from allocated treatment, especially as estudik required additional treatment over time. The results of this aspect of the study should therefore be interpreted with caution. The results of metformin treatment are the most controversial [ 14 ]. Metformin use was associated with fewer aggregate end-points including overall mortality in obese patients.

The findings could also be interpreted as indicating that insulin and sulphonylureas are equally harmful in the obese, possibly as a consequence of hyperinsulinaemia.

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An unexpected finding was that the addition of metformin to sulphonylureas in both obese and nonobese patients was associated with increased mortality. The numbers involved in this subgroup analysis were very small, with few deaths 26 vs 14 in the group treated with sulphonylureas alone and no difference in estusio incidence of heart attacks or strokes between the groups, only in the proportion who died. Furthermore, the mortality in the group treated by sulphonylureas alone was esrudio low.

The authors therefore concluded that this anomalous result was likely to be have been due to chance. One thousand one hundred and forty-eight patients took part.

One-third of patients allocated to tight control esturio three more drugs in the attempt to achieve the target blood pressure. Tight control of blood pressure reduced both diabetes-related morbidity and mortality. Unlike glycaemic control, there was a significant effect on macrovascular as well as microvascular complications, with strokes and heart failure reduced by a half.

Myocardial infarction was reduced by a fifth, but this was not statistically significant. As in the glucose control study, no threshold for risk was seen in the hypertension study. These are very estudil results, establishing that blood pressure control is at least as important as glycaemic control, if not more so, in the prevention of complications in type 2 diabetes.

In the last 2 years, the results of several other studies of hypertension which have included patients with diabetes have been published. These also demonstrated a reduction in macrovascular risk, including myocardial infarction [ 2021 ].

A variety of agents was used, but blood ukpd differences between treatment and control groups were comparable with the UKPDS, and protective effects were observed despite shorter estudil of follow up 2—5 years.

Thus there is no doubt of the significance of blood pressure control in type 2 diabetes, but there remains the question whether particular drugs have advantages or disadvantages. ACE inhibitors improve survival in patients with heart failure [ 2324 ]; in type 1 diabetes, they reduce the progression estueio nephropathy [ 2526 ] and possibly retinopathy [ 27 ], but whether ACE inhibitors have specific advantages over other ukpdd agents in type 2 diabetes is not yet agreed.

Recently the ABCD trial showed a reduction in myocardial infarction in diabetic hypertensive subjects treated with an ACE inhibitor compared with a calcium channel blocker [ 28 ], but it was not clear whether the ACE inhibitor was especially beneficial or the calcium channel blocker relatively harmful, particularly as the groups were inadequately matched for concomitant medication.

The UKPDS found that captopril and atenolol were equally estudjo as estucio agents, in preventing macrovascular complications and in reducing the progression of retinopathy and albuminuria.

The ACE inhibitor was however, better tolerated.


These results are again reassuring at first sight, but, as with the uukpds control study, type 2 errors estdio be excluded; there was a trend in favour of the atenolol treated group. The UKPDS demonstrated that any improvement in glycaemic control and blood pressure reduces diabetes-related complications. In trials such as this, patients are selected both by investigators and by themselves.

The observation that UKPDS patients had a lower mortality than the general population with type 2 diabetes may be a reflection of this.

UK Prospective Diabetes Study

What was achievable and acceptable to a trial population cannot be necessarily translated to everyone with type 2 diabetes. This must be remembered when ukpcs the results of the study to clinical practice. There is no doubt that aggressive management of blood pressure is important, particularly in reducing macrovascular disease, the main cause of morbidity and mortality in these patients.

The fact that benefits are achieved within 2 or 3 years means that all patients should be treated irrespective of age. Clearly, achieving this goal will require aggressive follow up patients in the UKPDS were seen 3 monthlyand this may not be acceptable to all patients.

With one third requiring 3 or more agents to maintain target blood pressures, compliance will certainly be a problem in some. Whether intensive glycaemic control should be routinely introduced in type 2 diabetes is more controversial. Despite achieving statistical significance, the absolute risk reduction from intensive glycaemic control is small, with a reduction of 5 events over 10 years compared with 16 for blood pressure Table 1. Furthermore, the benefits of glucose reduction did not accrue for several years, unlike intensive blood pressure control.

Intensive glycaemic control, particularly with insulin, also leads to morbidity from hypoglycaemia and weight gain.

Thus, unlike blood pressure control, intensive glycaemic control is not suitable for all patients, particularly the elderly, or those with existing severe complications. The small absolute risk reduction also needs to be compared with the possible effects of other risk factor interventions, e. Despite these limitations, the UKPDS provides evidence and quantitative guidelines for those in whom intensive control is achievable.

The study also assessed effects of intensive treatment on quality of life; no adverse effect was apparent. One scale demonstrated that poor quality of life is related to complications rather than the treatments given [unpublished].

This is reassuring in implementing the results of the study, though the results may not apply equally to an unselected population. One aspect of management inadequately addressed by the study is the optimal combination of drugs to be used either for glucose or blood pressure control. Different agents seemed equally effective, but the possibility of type 2 errors estkdio these subgroup analyses cannot be excluded, as already discussed. Esgudio date, the effectiveness of insulin and oral hypoglycaemic agent combinations is not known, although there esthdio unpublished data from the study on the combination of insulin and sulphonylureas.

Data on possible dose-dependent effects of insulin, and the combination of insulin and metformin are lacking. For now, until further information is available, clinical practice should be based on achieving glucose and blood pressure reduction by whatever means best suits an individual patient. In the study, patients were reviewed 3 monthly, estuddio than 6—12 monthly as in routine clinical practice, which has considerable resource implications. These figures are valuable ammunition in the battle to improve services for patients.

The UKPDS provides management guidelines for selected patients, but leaves many questions unanswered. The advantages of good care have been more clearly defined than ever before, but the huge gulf between the benefits achieved in the study and the many frustrations of everyday practice remains.

In most centres, there are large numbers of patients with poor control of both blood glucose and blood pressure. Type 2 diabetes must at least be taken more seriously. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU.

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