Bong Soo Cha

Yonsei University Hospital, Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea

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    ABSTRACT: Glycated albumin (GA) reflects short term status of glycemic control. We suggest a GA cut-off value to diagnose pre-diabetes and diabetes in Korean adults. In addition, we compared the performance of GA for the diagnosis of diabetes with that of glycated hemoglobin (A1c) MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 852 subjects (498 males, 354 females) aged 20 to 83 y (mean 52.5 y) were enrolled. A 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) was performed and A1c and GA were measured.
    Clinica Chimica Acta. 07/2014; 437.
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    ABSTRACT: We evaluated the effects of two dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, sitagliptin and vildagliptin, on metabolic parameters in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.
    Diabetes & metabolism journal. 06/2014; 38(3):211-9.
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    ABSTRACT: Aims/IntroductionTo compare the efficacy and safety of early combination therapy with glimepiride/metformin to metformin uptitration in reducing glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels in Korean type 2 diabetic patients inadequately controlled on low-dose metformin monotherapy.Materials and Methods In a randomized, open label, parallel group, multicenter study, 209 Korean type 2 diabetic patients (HbA1c 7.0–10.0%, on metformin 500–1,000 mg/day) received glimepiride/metformin fixed-dose combination (G/M FDC) or metformin uptitration treatment (Met UP). The primary end-point was the change in HbA1c from baseline to week 24.ResultsG/M FDC therapy provided significantly greater adjusted mean decreases vs Met UP therapy in HbA1c (−1.2 vs −0.8%, P < 0.0001), and fasting plasma glucose (−35.7 vs −18.6 mg/dL, P < 0.0001). A significantly greater proportion of patients with G/M FDC therapy achieved HbA1c < 7% (74.7 vs 46.6%, P < 0.0001) at the end of the study. More patients experienced hypoglycemia with G/M FDC therapy compared with Met UP therapy (41 vs 5.6%, P < 0.0001), but there was no serious hypoglycemia in any group. A modest increase in mean bodyweight occurred in the patients who were treated with G/M FDC therapy (1.0 kg), whereas a slight decrease was observed in the patients who were treated with Met UP therapy (−0.7 kg).Conclusion The present study showed that glimepiride/metformin fixed-dose combination therapy was more effective in glycemic control than metformin uptitration, and was well tolerated in type 2 diabetic patients inadequately controlled by low-dose metformin monotherapy in Korea. This trial was registered with ClinicalTrial.gov (no. NCT00612144).
    Journal of Diabetes Investigation. 03/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Aims/IntroductionType 2 diabetes is characterized by progressive deterioration of β-cell function. Recently, it was suggested that the C-peptide-to-glucose ratio after oral glucose ingestion is a better predictor of β-cell mass than that during fasting. We investigated whether postprandial C-peptide-to-glucose ratio (PCGR) reflects β-cell function, and its clinical application for management of type 2 diabetes. Materials and Methods We carried out a two-step retrospective study of 919 Korean participants with type 2 diabetes. In the first step, we evaluated the correlation of PCGR level with various markers for β-cell function in newly diagnosed and drug-naïve patients after a mixed meal test. In the second step, participants with well-controlled diabetes (glycated hemoglobin
    Journal of Diabetes Investigation. 02/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Background: New onset diabetes after transplantation (NODAT) and dyslipidemia are important metabolic complications after liver transplantation that can adversely affect both the allograft and patient survival. Statins are used as first-line therapy for dyslipidemia due to their effectiveness and safety profile. However, it was recently reported that statin therapy is associated new onset diabetes in the non-transplant population. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between statin therapy and the development of NODAT in liver transplant recipients. Methods: A total of 364 liver transplant recipients who underwent transplantation between the ages of 20 and 75 years without a previous history of diabetes were enrolled in this study. We evaluated the incidence of NODAT with respect to statin use as well as other risk factors. Results: The incidence of NODAT was significantly higher in the statin group (31.7%) compared to the control group (17.6%; p=0.031). The mean follow up period was 37.8 ± 19.0 months in the statin group and 42.7 ± 16.0 months in the control group (p=0.073). Statin use was significantly associated with NODAT development after adjusting for other risk factors (HR, 2.32; 95% CI, 1.23-4.39; p=0.010). Impaired fasting glucose before transplantation was also a risk factor for NODAT development (HR, 2.21; 95% CI, 1.36-3.62; p=0.001). There were no significant differences in age, body mass index, cumulative corticosteroid dose, or fasting plasma glucose levels between the groups. Patients with high fasting plasma glucose are more likely to develop NODAT when they are placed on statin after liver transplantation (P=0.002). Conclusions: Statin treatment could contribute to the development of NODAT in liver transplant recipients especially with high baseline fasting plasma glucose. Liver Transpl , 2014. © 2014 AASLD.
    Liver Transplantation 01/2014; · 3.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Glycated albumin to glycated hemoglobin (GA/A1c) ratio is known to be inversely related with body mass index (BMI) and insulin secretory capacity. However, the reasons for this association remain unknown. We aimed to investigate whether BMI directly or indirectly influences GA/A1c by exerting effects on insulin secretion or resistance and to confirm whether these associations differ according to glucose tolerance status. We analyzed a total of 807 subjects [242 drug-naïve type 2 diabetes (T2D), 378 prediabetes, and 187 normal glucose tolerance (NGT)]. To assess the direct and indirect effects of BMI on GA/A1c ratio, structural equation modeling (SEM) was performed. GA/A1c ratio was set as a dependent variable, BMI was used as the independent variable, and homeostasis model assessment-pancreatic beta-cell function (HOMA-β), homeostasis model assessment-insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), glucose level were used as mediator variables. The estimates of a direct effect of BMI on GA/A1c to be the strongest in NGT and weakest in T2D (-0.375 in NGT, -0.244 in prediabetes, and -0.189 in T2D). Conversely, the indirect effect of BMI on GA/A1c exerted through HOMA-β and HOMA-IR was not statistically significant in NGT group, but significant in prediabetes and T2D groups (0.089 in prediabetes, -0.003 in T2D). It was found that HOMA-β or HOMA-IR indirectly influences GA/A1c in T2D and prediabetes group through affecting fasting and postprandial glucose level. The relationship between GA/A1c and BMI is due to the direct effect of BMI on GA/A1c in NGT group, while in T2D and prediabetes groups, this association is mostly a result of BMI influencing blood glucose through insulin resistance or secretion.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(2):e89478. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the efficacy of cilostazol treatment for 2 years on the attenuation of carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) progression in type 2 diabetic patients without cardiovascular disease history, as compared with other antiplatelet agents. We recruited a total of 230 type 2 diabetic patients who had undergone IMT measurement twice within 1.5-2.5 years (mean 2.06 ± 0.32 years) interval. Among these participants, we classified them into three groups according to antiplatelet agent administration at baseline: Group I (n = 66), antiplatelet naïve; Group II (n = 75), other antiplatelet agent administration; and Group III (n = 50), cilostazol administration. We then analyzed the changes in clinical characteristics from baseline to 2 years. The changes in annual mean IMT at 2 years were 0.019 ± 0.045 mm/year, -0.001 ± 0.058 mm/year, and -0.019 ± 0.043 mm/year for Group I, II, and III, respectively (P < 0.001). Mean change in total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, and triglyceride compared with baseline decreased the most in Group III even after adjustment for statin use. We also observed that the odds ratio of carotid IMT progression at 2 years was the lowest in patients who were treated with cilostazol even after adjustment for change of metabolic parameters. When we categorized patients according to baseline carotid IMT tertile, the efficacy of cilostazol against carotid IMT progression was significant only when baseline IMT was over 0.662 mm (mean 0.801). Two-year treatment with cilostazol strongly inhibited carotid IMT progression compared to other antiplatelet agents in type 2 diabetic patients. This beneficial effect of cilostazol was significant when baseline IMT was thicker than 0.662 mm (mean 0.801 mm).
    Endocrine 01/2014; · 1.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective We investigated whether KR-66195, a new synthetic dipeptidyl dipeptidase IV inhibitor, could prevent weight gain, as well as improving glycemic control in diet-induced obese (DIO) and ob/ob mice. Materials/Methods Male C57BL/6 mice were randomly assigned to the following groups: chow diet, high-fat diet, and high-fat diet with KR-66195. After KR-66195 treatment for eight weeks, intraperitoneal glucose tolerance tests were performed. A pair-feeding study was performed to investigate the mechanisms of the anti-obesity effects of KR-66195 in DIO mice. Female ob/ob mice were treated with KR-66195 for three weeks and compared to the vehicle-treated group. Results In DIO mice, KR-66195 treatment increased the plasma glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 levels and improved glucose tolerance. This treatment also reduced body weight gain (5.38 ± 0.94 g vs. 12.08 ± 0.55 g, P < 0.01) and food intake (2.41 ± 0.09 g vs. 2.79 ± 0.11 g, P < 0.05). In ob/ob mice, KR-66195 treatment for three weeks resulted in comparable effects in DIO mice. In the pair-feeding study, KR-66195-treated mice exhibited a 16% increase in energy expenditure (kcal/h/kg lean body mass) without significant differences in body weight or activities compared with pair-fed mice. These results suggest that KR-66195 prevented weight gain in DIO mice by decreasing food intake, as well as increasing energy expenditure. Conclusions KR-66195 markedly increased plasma levels of GLP-1, resulting in the probable improvement in glucose tolerance and reduced body weight and food intake. Thus, KR-66195 might be further developed as a therapeutic drug to treat obesity, as well as diabetes.
    Metabolism: clinical and experimental 01/2014; · 3.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Compared to the golden standard glycation index of HbA1c, glycated albumin (GA) has potentials for assessing insulin secretory dysfunction and glycemic fluctuation as well as predicting diabetic vascular complications. However, the reference ranges of GA and a conversion equation need to be clearly defined. We designed this study to determine the reference ranges in patients with normal glucose tolerance (NGT) based on conventional measures of glycemic status and to devise a conversion equation for calculating HbA1c and GA in a Korean population. In this multicenter, retrospective, cross-sectional study, we recruited antidiabetic drug-naïve patients with available glycemic variables including HbA1c, GA, and fasting plasma glucose regardless of glucose status. For the reference interval of serum GA, 5th to 95th percentile value of GA in subjects with NGT was adopted. The conversion equation between HbA1c and GA was devised using an estimating regression model with unknown break-points method. The reference range for GA was 9.0-14.0% in 2043 subjects. The 95th percentile responding values for FPG, and HbA1c were approximately 5.49 mmol/l, and 5.6%, respectively. The significant glycemic turning points were 5.868% HbA1c and 12.2% GA. The proposed conversion equation for below and above the turning point were GA (%) = 6.960+0.8963 × HbA1c (%) and GA (%) = -9.609+3.720 × HbA1c (%), respectively. These results should be helpful in future studies on the clinical implications of high GA relative to HbA1c and the clinical implementation of diabetes management.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(4):e95729. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The mortality rate from cardiovascular disease (CVD) among young adults has declined less than that in the older population, raising concerns about the increasing prevalence of obesity-related conditions including hypercholesterolemia in the younger population. We investigated the age-standardized mean levels of serum cholesterols and the prevalence, awareness, treatment and control rates of hyper-low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterolemia based on age. Nationally representative samples of 19 489 subjects aged ≥20 years were analyzed from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys 2008-2010. Hyper-LDL-cholesterolemia was individually evaluated by the 2004 National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III guidelines. Age-standardized mean levels of total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, and triglycerides were 186.8, 48.0, 112.9, and 136.0 mg/dL, respectively. Age-standardized prevalence of hyper-LDL-cholesterolemia was 23.2% (men, 25.5%; women, 21.8%). Among subjects with hyper-LDL-cholesterolemia, awareness and treatment rates were significantly lower in younger adults (<50 years) compared to older adults ≥50 years (awareness, 8.0% versus 21.5%; treatment, 5.1% versus 18.5%, all Ps<0.001), indicating significant discrepancies in awareness and treatment rates of hypercholesterolemia between younger and older adults. Among subjects aware of their hyper-LDL-cholesterolemia, younger adults were more likely to have controlled LDL-cholesterol than the elderly (82.1% versus 67.5%, P<0.001). Compared to the elderly, significant proportions of young and middle-aged adults are unaware of their hypercholesterolemia and are not treated with proper lipid-lowering medications. Early screening, education, and proper management should be stressed in national public healthcare policies to reduce the increasing burden of CVD in the younger population with undiagnosed hypercholesterolemia.
    Journal of the American Heart Association. 01/2014; 3(1):446.
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    ABSTRACT: This study compared the glycemic effectiveness of three metformin-based dual therapies according to baseline hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) to evaluate the appropriateness of the guideline enforced by the National Health Insurance Corporation of Korea for initial medication of type 2 diabetes (T2D). This prospective observational study was conducted across 24 weeks for drug-naïve Korean T2D patients with HbA1c greater than 7.5%. Subjects were first divided into three groups based on the agent combined with metformin (group 1, gliclazide-modified release or glimepiride; group 2, pioglitazone; group 3, sitagliptin). Subjects were also classified into three categories according to baseline HbA1c (category I, 7.5%≤HbA1c<9.0%; category II, 9.0%≤HbA1c<11.0%; category III, 11.0%≤HbA1c). Among 116 subjects, 99 subjects completed the study, with 88 subjects maintaining the initial medication. While each of the metformin-based dual therapies showed a significant decrease in HbA1c (group 1, 8.9% to 6.4%; group 2, 9.0% to 6.6%; group 3, 9.3% to 6.3%; P<0.001 for each), there was no significant difference in the magnitude of HbA1c change among the groups. While the three HbA1c categories showed significantly different baseline HbA1c levels (8.2% vs. 9.9% vs. 11.9%; P<0.001), endpoint HbA1c was not different (6.4% vs. 6.6% vs. 6.0%; P=0.051). The three dual therapies using a combination of metformin and either sulfonylurea, pioglitazone, or sitagliptin showed similar glycemic effectiveness among drug-naïve Korean T2D patients. In addition, these regimens were similarly effective across a wide range of baseline HbA1c levels.
    Diabetes & metabolism journal 12/2013; 37(6):465-474.
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    ABSTRACT: Aims/IntroductionWe assessed the tolerability, effectiveness and predictive parameters for the therapeutic usefulness of exenatide in obese Korean participants with type 2 diabetes. We also evaluated the characteristics of participants who respond adequately to glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analog therapy in terms of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) level reductions and weight loss. Materials and Methods This prospective, observational, single-arm (exenatide b.i.d. in combination with both metformin and sulphonylurea), open-label study of GLP-1 analog treatment with close monitoring of metabolic parameters and weight changes was carried out for up to 22 weeks. ResultsOf the 110 enrolled obese participants, 37 participants dropped out during the 22-week treatment period. A total of 73 participants completed the study (median age 55.0 years, interquartile range 44.0–65.0). The median duration of diabetes was 8.0 years (interquartile range 3.5–12.5) with a mean HbA1c value of 7.6% (interquartile range 7.00–8.55). The median body mass index was 30.78 kg/m2 (interquartile range 27.89–33.92). After 22 weeks, median changes from baseline for HbA1c levels and weight were −0.7% and −3.0 kg, respectively, which were significant. No severe hypoglycemic events were observed. Multivariate regression analysis showed that C-peptide values were a significant independent predictor for a reduction in HbA1c levels (β = 0.865, P = 0.018) with exenatide BID in combination with both sulphonylurea and metformin in obese Korean participants with type 2 diabetes and insulin naïveté. Conclusions Clinical and laboratory parameters, such as insulin naïveté and preserved β-cell function, should be taken into consideration as important factors in the choice of GLP-1 analog when predicting GLP-1 analog responsiveness. This trial was registered with the local committee at Yonsei University in Korea (4-2011-0032).
    Journal of Diabetes Investigation. 12/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Dysglycemia and dyslipidemia are important metabolic complications of organ transplantation. Statins are widely used to control dyslipidemia; however, long-term use of statins is related to diabetes mellitus (DM) and impaired fasting glucose (IFG). The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of statins on the development of dysglycemia (IFG and/or DM) in renal allograft recipients. A total of 394 patients without previously known DM or IFG who underwent kidney transplantation were enrolled. Patients were grouped into the two groups according to the use of statin (control, n=149; statin, n=245). The major statins used were fluvastatin (80 mg/d, n=134) and atorvastatin (20 mg/d, n=111). We compared the incidence of IFG or DM during the follow-up period. The incidence of IFG was higher in the statin group than that in the control group (28.6% vs. 8.7%, P<0.001). The incidence of dysglycemia was significantly higher in the statin group (40.0% vs. 15.4%, P=0.001). Time to development of dysglycemia after transplantation was shorter in the statin group than in the control group (38.8±29.7 vs. 47.2±23.3 months, P=0.002). Statin use was associated with an increased risk for dysglycemia after adjustment for age, sex, body mass index, hypertension, cholesterol levels, hepatitis C infection, and type of immunosuppressant (hazard ratio=3.08, 95% confidence interval=1.91-4.98). The dysglycemic effect was more profound in the patients who used atorvastatin than in those who used fluvastatin (hazard ratio=2.21, 95% confidence interval=1.02-4.76). Statin treatment is associated with an elevation in fasting plasma glucose and in the development of dysglycemia in renal allograft recipients.
    Transplantation 11/2013; · 3.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cilostazol, a selective phosphodiesterase 3 (PDE3) inhibitor, is a vasodilator and an anti-thrombotic agent. The mechanism whereby cilostazol reduces plasma triglyceride is not completely understood. Here we investigated the effect of cilostazol on a remnant lipoprotein receptor, low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1), which has been reported to play an essential role in clearance of circulating triglyceride in the liver. Total cellular expression, and functional and transcriptional regulation of LRP1 were analyzed in human hepatocarcinoma cell lines incubated with cilostazol. Also, C57BL/6 mice were subjected to high-fat diet (60% kcal) and cilostazol (30mg/kg) treatment for 10weeks. Cilostazol increased both mRNA and protein expression of LRP1 in HepG2 and Hep3B cells. In addition, enhanced transcriptional activity of the LRP1 promoter containing a peroxisome proliferator response element (PPRE) was observed after cilostazol exposure. Cilostazol treatment enhanced the uptake of lipidated apoE3, and this effect was abolished when LRP1 was silenced by siRNA knockdown. High-fat diet induced hyperglycemia with high level of plasma triglycerides, and reduced hepatic LRP1 expression in mice. Treatment with cilostazol for the same period of time, however, successfully prevented this down-regulation of LRP1 expression and reduced plasma triglycerides. Taken together, our results demonstrated that cilostazol enhances LRP1 expression in liver by activating PPARγ through the PPRE in the LRP1 promoter. Increased hepatic LRP1 may be essential for the reduction of circulating triglycerides brought about by cilostazol.
    Metabolism: clinical and experimental 10/2013; · 3.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of spine-femur discordance, and to compare the effectiveness of femoral neck (FN) and lumbar spine (LS) bone mineral density (BMD) for estimation of the risk of vertebral fractures. Women who were evaluated with dual energy X-ray absorptiometry between January 2001 and December 2005 were enrolled in this study. Vertebral fracture risk was calculated using initial FN and LS BMD. The follow-up vertebral X-rays from all subjects were reviewed, and the calculated estimated risk using the Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX(®)) was compared with the actual prevalence of vertebral fractures during the follow-up period. Among a total of 443 women with a mean age of 58.5 years, 130 women (29.3 %) demonstrated femur-spine discordance (i.e., a difference between FN and LS BMD of >1 SD). Most subjects having discordance showed lower LS BMD (73.1 %) compared to FN BMD. During the mean 7-year follow-up period, 12 (2.7 %) vertebral fractures occurred. In cases with high estimated fracture risk (>20 % for estimated fracture risk), using LS BMD significantly reflected the actual vertebral fracture in total subjects [odds ratio (OR) 19.29, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 4.21-88.46], in subjects with spine-femur discordance (OR 16.00, 95 % CI 1.91-134.16), and in subjects with spine-femur discordance having lower LS BMD (OR 20.67, 95 % CI 1.63-262.71). In comparison, the estimated risk using FN BMD did not reflect the actual occurrence of vertebral fractures. In conclusion, a significant number of Korean subjects exhibited spine-femur discordance, and LS BMD might be more appropriate for estimation of vertebral fracture risk.
    Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism 10/2013; · 2.22 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although glucose-lowering treatment shows some risk lowering effects in cardiovascular diseases, risks of macrovascular and microvascular complications have still remained, and development of new therapeutic strategies is needed. Recent data have shown that peroxisome proliferator activated receptor-α (PPAR-α) plays a pivotal role in the regulation of lipid homeostasis, fatty acid oxidation, cellular differentiation, and immune response such as inflammation or vascularization related to diabetic complication. This review will re-examine the metabolic role of PPAR-α, summarize data from clinical studies on the effect of PPAR-α agonist in diabetes, and will discuss the possible therapeutic role of PPAR-α activation.
    Diabetes & metabolism journal 10/2013; 37(5):326-332.
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    ABSTRACT: Biphasic insulin analogues are widely used in patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus suboptimally controlled on oral anti-diabetic drugs. Several topics in this area remain controversial, including how to divide the daily dose of biphasic insulin analogue. We aimed to determine the optimal dosing ratio of twice-daily biphasic insulin analogue and to compare the glycaemic efficacy among groups of patients using different initial dosing ratios of biphasic insulin analogue. A total of 100 poorly controlled insulin-naive subjects with Type 2 diabetes [HbA1c ≥ 58 mmol/mol, (7.5%)] on oral anti-diabetic drugs were randomized into three groups according to initial morning:evening dosing ratio (group I, 50:50; group II, 55:45; group III, 60:40) of twice-daily biphasic insulin analogue (biphasic insulin aspart 70/30, biphasic insulin aspart 30). The primary outcome measure was the difference in pre-breakfast to pre-dinner dose ratio at the end of the study. Twice-daily biphasic insulin analogue showed a significant improvement in glycaemic control [HbA1c from 70 mmol/mol (8.6%) to 60 mmol/mol (7.6%)] after 24 weeks regardless of the initial dose ratio given. Despite the similar efficacy and safety profiles among three groups, morning dose was significantly increased (from 50:50 to 55:45-60:40) in group I after 24 weeks. However, there was no significant change in splitting ratio in groups II and III (with higher morning dose) over the 24-week treatment period. Initiating twice-daily biphasic insulin analogue on regimens with a higher dose before breakfast than before dinner (i.e. ratio approximately 55:45 to 60:40) might be more appropriate in Korean subjects with Type 2 diabetes. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    Diabetic Medicine 09/2013; · 3.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The proteins found in cow milk have been reported to cause systemic inflammation. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is known to be involved in the development of several metabolic disorders including insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. However, the effect of thiazolidinediones (TZDs) on ER stress is still controversial. This is why we want to investigate in this study whether casein, which is the major protein in cow's milk, induces ER stress in the liver and whether rosiglitazone can attenuate these changes. Nine-week-old male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were separated into three groups: (1) vehicle treated; (2) daily subcutaneous injections of 1 mL 10% casein; (3) daily subcutaneous injection of 1mL 10% casein and rosiglitazone 4 mg/[kg d]. After 6 weeks, body weight, food intake, glucose and lipid parameters, and serum AST/ALT levels were measured after an overnight fast. Real time RT-PCR and immunohistochemical staining for various ER stress markers were performed, and a TUNEL analysis was also performed. After 6 weeks, casein injection induced weight reduction, systemic inflammation, and hepatic dysfunction in SD rats. Casein injection increased both the gene and protein expression of ER stress markers in the liver and also caused hepatocyte apoptosis. Rosiglitazone treatment attenuated casein-induced systemic inflammation, ER stress, deteriorated liver function, and increased apoptosis. In conclusion, our results may provide further insight into the effects of casein on chronic inflammatory diseases, and to have a better understanding of the mechanism of the anti-inflammatory properties of rosiglitazone regardless of its hypoglycemic effect.
    Endocrine Journal 08/2013; · 2.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) has significantly improved the survival rate in HIV-infected individuals, but it contributes to the development of various metabolic complications. Klotho is a novel antiaging gene that encodes a protein with pleiotropic functions, including an emerging role in cardiovascular disease (CVD). The protective effect of higher plasma klotho levels against CVD was recently observed in non HIV-infected adults. We aimed to assess whether plasma secreted α-klotho is associated with subclinical carotid atherosclerosis in HIV-infected patients receiving cART. We prospectively examined the association of circulating plasma α-klotho in 120 HIV-infected patients who had received cART for ≥ 6 months with intima-media thickness (IMT) in the carotid artery and other metabolic variables. The subclinical carotid atherosclerosis was defined as increased mean-IMT level of ≥ 75th percentile for the matched age, sex and race and/or the presence of carotid plaque. Thirty-four (28.3%) of 120 had subclinical carotid atherosclerosis. The higher plasma levels of α-klotho had protective effect against subclinical carotid atherosclerosis (OR 0.006, p = 0.034) in multivariate regression analysis. Plasma α-klotho levels had a significantly negative correlation with fasting glucose levels (r = -0.216, p=0.018) and mean-IMT (r = -0.258, p = 0.004) in multiple stepwise regression analyses. The optimal cutoff values of plasma α-klotho levels for the greatest sensitivity and specificity was calculated as 2.83 log10[pg/mL] (sensitivity, 48.7%; specificity, 90.5%). These results show that plasma klotho levels were inversely associated with subclinical carotid atherosclerosis in HIV-infected patients receiving cART.
    AIDS research and human retroviruses 08/2013; · 2.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A1chieve® was a noninterventional study evaluating the clinical safety and efficacy of biphasic insulin aspart 30, insulin detemir, and insulin aspart. Korean type 2 diabetes patients who have not been treated with the study insulin or have started it within 4 weeks before enrollment were eligible for the study. The patient selection and the choice of regimen were at the discretion of the physician. The safety and efficacy information was collected from the subjects at baseline, week 12, and week 24. The number of serious adverse drug reactions (SADRs) was the primary endpoint. The changes of clinical diabetic markers at week 12 and/or at week 24 compared to baseline were the secondary endpoints. Out of 4,058 exposed patients, 3,003 completed the study. During the study period, three SADRs were reported in three patients (0.1%). No major hypoglycemic episodes were observed and the rate of minor hypoglycemic episodes marginally decreased during 24 weeks (from 2.77 to 2.42 events per patient-year). The overall quality of life score improved (from 66.7±15.9 to 72.5±13.5) while the mean body weight was slightly increased (0.6±3.0 kg). The 24-week reductions in glycated hemoglobin, fasting plasma glucose and postprandial plasma glucose were 1.6%±2.2%, 2.5±4.7 mmol/L, and 4.0±6.4 mmol/L, respectively. The studied regimens showed improvements in glycemic control with low incidence of SADRs, including no incidence of major hypoglycemic episodes in Korean patients with type 2 diabetes.
    Diabetes & metabolism journal 06/2013; 37(3):181-189.

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  • 2000–2014
    • Yonsei University Hospital
      • Department of Internal Medicine
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 1996–2014
    • Yonsei University
      • • Department of Internal Medicine
      • • College of Medicine
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2005–2013
    • Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
    • Seoul National University Hospital
      • Department of Internal Medicine
      Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2009
    • Kangbuk Samsung Hospital
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
      Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • 2007–2009
    • Ajou University
      • Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism
      Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2007–2008
    • Bundang Jesaeng Hospital
      Sŏngnam, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
    • Myongji Hospital
      Kōyō, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • 2006–2008
    • Inha University Hospital
      Sinhyeon, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
  • 2003–2007
    • National Health Insurance Corporation Ilsan Hospital
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea