Effects of a flaxseed-derived lignan supplement on C-reactive protein, IL-6 and retinol-binding protein 4 in type 2 diabetic patients

Key Laboratory of Nutrition and Metabolism, Institute for Nutritional Sciences, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 294 Tai-Yuan Road, Shanghai 200031, China
The British journal of nutrition (Impact Factor: 3.45). 09/2008; 101(8):1145-9. DOI: 10.1017/S0007114508061527
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Elevated C-reactive protein (CRP), IL-6 and retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4) levels are associated with insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus. Phytoestrogens (including lignans and isoflavones) may enhance the management of diabetes and are hypothesized to act through inflammation pathways. The present study explored the effects of flaxseed-derived lignan on inflammatory factors and RBP4 concentrations in type 2 diabetics, who have higher levels of these biomarkers. Seventy community-dwelling diabetic patients (twenty-six men and forty-four post-menopausal women) with mild hypercholesterolaemia completed a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial of supplementation with flaxseed-derived lignan capsules (360 mg/d) or placebo for 12 weeks, separated by an 8-week wash-out period. The participants maintained their habitual diets and levels of physical activity. Baseline to follow-up concentrations of CRP increased significantly within the placebo group (1.42 (sem 0.19) v. 1.96 (sem 0.22) mg/l, P < 0.001), but were comparatively unchanged in the lignan-supplemented group (1.67 (sem 0.19) v. 1.90 (sem 0.26) mg/l, P = 0.94); a significant difference was observed between treatments ( - 0.45 (95 % CI - 0.76, - 0.08) mg/l, P = 0.021). This effect was confined to women (P = 0.016), but not observed in men (P = 0.49). No between-treatment differences were found with regard to IL-6 or RBP4; though IL-6 concentrations increased significantly from baseline to follow-up in both groups (P = 0.004 and P < 0.001 following lignan and placebo treatments, respectively). The study suggests that lignan might modulate CRP levels in type 2 diabetics. These results need to be confirmed by further large clinical trials of longer duration.

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    • "Ox-LDL, a risk factor of CVD, was also reduced by a high-lignan diet (Almario and Karakas, 2013). Other studies have demonstrated improved glycemic control (Pan et al., 2007), decreased blood glucose levels (Zhang et al., 2008), reduced CRP (Hallund, Tetens, Bugel, Tholstrup, and Bruun, 2008; Pan et al., 2009) and a mild attenuation in DBP (Cornish et al., 2009) with a lignan-supplemented diet. An additional study noted that Beneflax, a lignan supplement containing 543 mg/day of flaxseed lignan per tablet (Cornish et al., 2009), does not pose a risk for hypotension or hypoglycemia in healthy older adults (Billinsky et al., 2013). "

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    • "Pan et al. (2009 [34]) administering FLC (360 mg SDG/day) to type 2 diabetics for 12 weeks in a study of similar design to the current study found that CRP level rises were reduced relative to placebo and there were no treatment changes in IL-6 or TNF-α relative to placebo (again uncorrected for multiple comparisons). It may also be that the somewhat higher CRP and IL-6 levels in the current study as compared to those reported by Pan et al. (2009 [34]) caused their amenability to be greater. While these CRP and IL-6 statistically significant differences disappeared due to adjustment for multiple comparisons it should be pointed out that a number of studies have shown that FLCs reduce CRP. "
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    • "The results suggest that these obese participants did not have low grade systemic inflammation, but these participants are classified as a high cardiovascular disease risk group [39]. Studies show that CRP concentration remained the same following flaxseed or flaxseed lignan supplementation while CRP concentration in the control supplementation group increased [29,30,40,41]. A similar result was found in the present study. "
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