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Lundqvist, Martin H.
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Almby, K. E., Abrahamsson, N., Lundqvist, M. H., Hammar, U., Thombare, K., Panagiotou, A., . . . Eriksson, J. (2019). Effects of GLP-1 on counter-regulatory responses during hypoglycemia after GBP surgery. European Journal of Endocrinology, 181(2), 161-171
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2019 (English)In: European Journal of Endocrinology, ISSN 0804-4643, E-ISSN 1479-683X, Vol. 181, no 2, p. 161-171Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: The aim of the study was to explore the role of GLP-1 receptor activation on the counter-regulation and symptoms of hypoglycemia in subjects who have undergone gastric bypass surgery (GBP).

Design: Experimental hyperinsulinemic-hypoglycemic clamp study.

Methods: Twelve post-GBP subjects participated in a randomized cross-over study with two hyperinsulinemic, hypoglycemic clamps (glucose nadir 2.7 mmol/L) performed on separate days with concomitant infusions of the GLP-1 analog exenatide or with saline, respectively. Continuous measurements of metabolites and counter-regulatory hormones as well as assessments of heart rate variability and symptoms of hypoglycemia were performed throughout the clamps.

Results: No effect of GLP-1 receptor activation on counter-regulatory hormones (glucagon, catecholamines, cortisol, GH) or glucose infusion rate was seen, but we found indications of a downregulation of the sympathetic relative to the parasympathetic nerve activity, as reflected in heart rate variability. No significant differences in symptom of hypoglycemia were observed.

Conclusions/interpretation: Short-term exposure to a GLP-1 receptor agonist does not seem to impact the counter-regulatory hormonal and metabolic responses in post-GBP subjects during hypoglycemic conditions, suggesting that the improvement in symptomatic hypoglycemia post-GBP seen following treatment with GLP-1 receptor agonists may be mediated by mechanism not directly involved in counter-regulation.

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Endocrinology and Diabetes
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390513 (URN)10.1530/EJE-19-0171 (DOI)000472835100013 ()31176298 (PubMedID)
Swedish Diabetes AssociationErnfors FoundationEXODIAB - Excellence of Diabetes Research in Sweden
Available from: 2019-08-12 Created: 2019-08-12 Last updated: 2019-08-12Bibliographically approved

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