Da-Long Zhu

Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Sheng, China

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    ABSTRACT: The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is increasing rapidly among Chinese adults, and limited data are available on T2DM management and the status of glycemic control in China. We assessed the efficacy of oral antidiabetes drugs (OADs), glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, and insulin for treatment of T2DM across multiple regions in China. This was a multicenter, cross-sectional survey of outpatients conducted in 606 hospitals across China. Data from all the patients were collected between April and June, 2011. A total of 238,639 patients were included in the survey. Eligible patients were treated with either OADs alone (n=157,212 [65.88%]), OADs plus insulin (n=80,973 [33.93%]), or OADs plus GLP-1 receptor agonists (n=454 [0.19%]). The OAD monotherapy, OAD + insulin, and OAD + GLP-1 receptor agonist groups had mean glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels (+/-SD) of 7.67% (+/-1.58%), 8.21% (+/-1.91%), and 7.80% (+/-1.76%), respectively. Among those three groups, 34.63%, 26.21%, and 36.12% met the goal of HbA1c <7.0%, respectively. Mean HbA1c and achievement of A1c <7.0% was related to the duration of T2DM. Less than one third of the patients had achieved the goal of HbA1c <7.0%. Glycemic control decreased and insulin use increased with the duration of diabetes.
    BMC Public Health 06/2013; 13(1):602. · 2.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The present study examines the effects of apocynin on oxidative stress and antioxidant enzymes in high-fat diet (HFD) induced obese mice. After 12 weeks on HFD, the C57BL/6J mice that clearly exhibited insulin resistance received apocynin (2.4g/L) in their drinking water for five weeks. The results show that apocynin treatment significantly ameliorated hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia and dyslipidemia in HFD mice. Furthermore, the intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test (IPGTT) and homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) indicate significant improvement of insulin sensitivity in HFD mice after apocynin treatment. Compared to the HFD control mice, serum malondialdehyde (MDA) was significantly lower and serum superoxide dismutase (SOD) was significantly higher in apocynin treated HFD mice, indicating that apocynin suppressed systemic oxidative stress in the treated group. In the liver, apocynin significantly reduced the level of MDA. Accordingly, apocynin treatment strengthened the antioxidative defense system with an increased activity of SOD, glutathione-peroxidase (GSHpx) and content of reduced glutathione (GSH). We also found that hepatic catalase (CAT) activity significantly decreased after apocynin treatment which may indicate that apocynin reduces hydrogen peroxide and oxidative stress in the liver. These results suggest that apocynin may ameliorate insulin resistance by reducing systemic and hepatic oxidative stress in HFD fed mice.
    Annals of clinical and laboratory science 01/2011; 41(3):236-43. · 0.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the effects of early intensive therapy on beta cell function and long-term glycemic control in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients with different recruiting fasting plasma glucose (FPG) levels. A total of 382 newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients with FPG 7.0 - 16.7 mmol/L were randomly assigned to therapy with insulin in the form of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII) or multiple daily injection (MDI) or oral hypoglycemic agents (OHA, by using gliclazide and/or metformin) for initial rapid correction of hyperglycemia. The treatments were stopped after euglycemia had been maintained for 2 weeks. The patients were followed longitudinally on diet alone for 1 year. Intravenous glucose tolerances tests (IVGTTs) were performed and blood glucose, insulin and proinsulin were measured before and after therapy as well as at 1-year follow-up. Homeostasis model assessment (HOMA) of beta cell function and insulin resistance index (HOMA-beta and HOMA-IR) were calculated. All the patients were stratified on the recruiting FPG: stratum A (7.0 mmol/L </= FPG < 11.1 mmol/L), stratum B (11.1 mmol/L </= FPG </= 16.7 mmol/L). More patients in stratum A achieved target glycemic control (94.4% vs 89.8%) and in shorter time [(5.9 +/- 3.8) d vs (6.9 +/- 3.6) d, P < 0.05] as compared with those in stratum B. beta cell function represented by HOMA-beta and acute insulin response (AIR) improved significantly after intensive interventions in both stratum A and B patients. However, the remission rate at 1 year was significantly higher in stratum A patients (47.8%) than those in stratum B (35.7%, P < 0.05). The patients treated with insulin (especially with CSII) had higher remission rates and better improvement of AIR at 1 year follow-up irrespective of the recruiting FPG (CSII or MDI vs OHA: 57.1%, 51.8% vs 32.8% in stratum A, P < 0.05; 44.4%, 38.7% vs 18.6% in stratum B, P < 0.05). Compared with OHA, early short time intensive insulin treatment had more favorable outcomes on maintaining AIR and prolonged glycemic remission in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients irrespective of the recruiting FPG levels.
    Zhonghua nei ke za zhi [Chinese journal of internal medicine] 01/2010; 49(1):9-13.
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the effects of apocynin on high-fat diet- (HFD-) induced insulin resistance in C57BL/6 mice. After 12 weeks of HFD, the mice that exhibited insulin resistance then received 5 weeks of apocynin (2.4  g/L, in water). Following apocynin treatment, fasting glucose, insulin, and glucose tolerance test showed significant improvement in insulin sensitivity in HFD-fed mice. We demonstrated that serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and leptin were remarkably reduced with apocynin treatment. We also found that mRNA expression of TNF-α, IL-6, and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) in the liver and mRNA expression of TNF-α, IL-6, MCP-1, and leptin in adipose tissue were suppressed by apocynin. Furthermore, the activity of transcription factor NF-κB in the liver was significantly suppressed with apocynin treatment. These results suggest that apocynin may reduce inflammatory factors in the blood, liver, and adipose tissue, resulting in amelioration of insulin resistance in HFD-fed mice.
    Mediators of Inflammation 01/2010; 2010:858735. · 3.88 Impact Factor
  • Chinese medical journal 08/2009; 122(14):1704-8. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A new inhalable insulin aerosol (Inh-Ins) was developed in China. The aim of this multicenter clinical study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of this new Inh-Ins as a treatment of type 2 diabetes. Regular porcine insulin (RI) was used as a control. This study is a prospective, randomized, open-label, parallel-group multicenter clinical trial in which 253 qualified patients with type 2 diabetes received the insulin Glargine daily at bedtime plus either a pre-meal Inh-Ins or a pre-meal subcutaneous RI for 12 weeks. HbA1c, fasting plasma glucose (FPG), the 1-hour-postprandial blood glucose (1hPBG) and the 2-hour-postprandial blood glucose (2hPBG) were measured. Events were monitored for adverse effects. After 12 weeks, the HbA1c decreased significantly from baseline in both treatment groups, with no significant difference between the two regimens. In the Inh-Ins group, FPG, both 1hPBG and 2hPBG significantly declined from baseline after the 8th- and 12th-weeks of treatment. The reduced values of FPG or 1hPBG between the two groups showed a more significant hypoglycemic effect with the Inh-Ins than the RI. After 12 weeks, the pulmonary carbon monoxide diffusing capacity (DLco) was significantly lower in Inh-Ins group than in the RI. The main side effects of Inh-Ins were coughing, excessive sputum, and hypoglycemia. Inh-Ins was effective in decreasing HbA1c like the RI. It was better in lowering the FPG and the 1hPBG than the RI. Its main side effects were coughing, excessive sputum, and hypoglycemia. Also, Inh-Ins slightly impaired DLco.
    Chinese medical journal 08/2008; 121(13):1159-64. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Diabetes mellitus has become epidemic in recent years in China. We investigated the prevalence of hyperglycaemia and inadequate glycaemic control among type 2 diabetic inpatients from ten university teaching hospitals in Guangdong Province, China. Inadequate glycaemic control in diabetic patients was defined as HbA1c = 6.5%. Therapeutic regimens included no-intervention, lifestyle only, oral antiglycemic agents (OA), insulin plus OA (insulin + OA), or insulin only. Antidiabetic managements included monotherapy, double therapy, triple or quadruple therapy. Among 493 diabetic inpatients with known history, 75% had HbA1c = 6.5%. Inadequate glucose control rates were more frequently seen in patients on insulin + OA regimen (97%) than on OA regimen (71%) (P < 0.001), and more frequent in patients on combination therapy (81% - 96%) than monotherapy (75%) (P < 0.05). Patients on insulin differed significantly from patients on OA by mean HbA1c, glycemic control rate, diabetes duration, microvascular complications, and BMI (P < 0.01). This study showed that glycaemic control of type 2 diabetic patients deteriorated for patients who received insulin and initiation time of insulin was usually delayed. It is up to clinicians to move from the traditional stepwise therapy to a more active and early combination antidiabetic therapy to provide better glucose control.
    Chinese medical journal 05/2008; 121(8):677-81. · 0.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the prevalence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in China type 2 diabetic patients and to demonstrate the relationships between putative risk factors and PAD. In total 1,397 type 2 diabetic patients aged 50 years and older were enrolled and determined ankle-brachial index (ABI) and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) in 15 Class III Grade A hospitals in 7 major cities of China. Mean patient age was 63.7 +/- 8.2 years and mean duration of diabetes mellitus was 9.39 +/- 7.4 years. Two hundreds and seventy-two (19.47%) patients were diagnosed as PAD by ABI < 0.9, 122 (18.37%) in male and 150 (20.46%) in female. PAD patients had a significantly longer duration of diabetes mellitus, higher hemoglobin A1c, and a significantly lower mean body mass index than non-PAD ones. Aging, smoking, and systolic blood pressure were found to be positively related with the prevalence of PAD. In terms of lipid profiles, no variable was found to relate with PAD. Notably, baPWV showed as the same significant guiding index for PAD, almost matched with ABI. PAD is a common complication in China type 2 diabetic patients. Therefore, PAD screening and treatment should be emphasized for diabetic patients with high risk factors.
    Chinese Medical Sciences Journal 07/2007; 22(2):83-8.
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    ABSTRACT: To analyze the peripheral arterial obstructive disease (PAD) related factors among diabetic population aged > or = 50 in China. The clinical data of 1397 diabetic patients aged > or = 50 with at least one of the following risk factors: smoking, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, from 15 Class III Grade A hospitals in 7 major cities of China were collected. Diagnosis of PAD was based on the ankle brachial index (ABI) < 0.9, and diagnosis of arteriosclerosis was based on pulse wave velocity (PWV) > 1400 cm/s. Regression studies were made to analyze the relations among PAD and various risk factors: age, sex, body mass index (BMI), smoking, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, history of cerebral vascular disease (CVD), history of ischemia heart disease (IHD) etc. The current prevalence rate of PAD was 19.47% among the 1397 patients, 18.3% (122/664) among the male patients, and 20.4% (150/733) among the female patients. The prevalence of PAD in the patients aged > or = 70 was as high as 31.9%. The duration of diabetes course was positively correlated with the prevalence of PAD (chi2 = 11.9, P = 0.0026). The ABI abnormality rate was 15.78% among those with a diabetic course of 5 years and was 23.84% among those with a diabetic course of 10 years. The abnormal ABI rate of the patients with CVD was 30.57%, significantly higher than that of hose without CVD (17.29%, chi2 = 21.49, P < 0.0001). The abnormal ABI rate of the patients with IHD was 24.64%, significantly higher than that of the patients without IHD (18.20%, chi2 = 5.85, P = 0.0155). The HbA1c value of the PAD patients was significantly higher than that of the patients without PAD (chi2 = 5.10, P = 0.0239) Odd risk analysis showed that age increase of 10 years increased the PAD risk by 1.64 times (OR = 1.6444, P = 0.0001). The PAD risk of the smokers was 1.68 times higher than that of the non-smokers (OR = 1.6852, P = 0.0001). Increase of 10 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure (SBP) increased the PAD risk by 1.19 times (OR = 1.1926, P = 0.01). The PAD risk of the patients with abnormal HbAlc was 2.44 times higher than that of the patients with normal HbA1c (OR = 2.4473, P = 0.0001). One-year's increase of the hypertension course increased the PAD risk by 1.02 times (OR = 1.0194, P = 0.03). Logistic analysis indicated that the relations among PWV and the risk factors were almost the same among ABI abnormality and the risk factors. Approximately one fifth of diabetic patients aged > or = 50 in China suffer from PAD. Age, course of diabetes, blood glucose level, SBP, IHD, and CVD are risk factors for PAD. Early intervention and treatment of hypertension and hyperglycemia, and quitting smoking are important in reducing the occurrence of PAD. ABI and PWV are not only diagnostic means for PAD, but also alarm guide indexes for cerebral vascular disease (CVD).
    Zhonghua yi xue za zhi 01/2007; 87(1):23-7.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the characteristics of the dysfunction of islet beta-cell in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients. Intravenous glucose tolerance test (IVGTT) was carried out on 352 newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients and 48 subjects with normal glucose tolerance (NGT) and then blood samples were collected 1, 2, 4, 6, and 10 minutes later to measure the plasma glucose and insulin to calculate the acute insulin response (AIR) and the area under the curve of insulin (AUC of insulin), homeostasis model assessment beta-cell (Homabeta), and Homa IR (insulin resistance). The median AIR of the type 2 diabetic patients was -33.7 pmol/L, significantly lower than that of the NGT subjects (6962.0 pmol/L, P < 0.001). The median AUC of the type 2 diabetic patients was 834.2 pmol/L, significantly lower than that of the NGT subjects (7934.7 pmol/L, P < 0.001). When the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) of the type 2 diabetic patients was above 7.0 mmol/L, the AIR value was remarkably reduced with a median level of 317.3 pmol/L, and then subsequently disappeared when the FPG was above 9.0 mmol/L. After adjustment of the insulin resistance assessed by HOMA IR, the Homabeta of the type 2 diabetic patients was reduced to be 30% that of the NGT subjects (3.7 +/- 0.9 vs 5.9 +/- 0.9, P < 0.001). Both the fasting proinsulin concentration and the ratio of fasting proinsulin to fasting insulin of the type 2 diabetic patients were significantly higher those of the NGT subjects (22.6 pmol/L +/- 14.7 pmol/L vs 11.5 pmol/L +/- 7.1 pmol/L, P < 0.001; and 30.1% +/- 20.5% vs. 12.1% +/- 9.6%, P < 0.001). The dysfunction of islet beta-cell in newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients is mainly represented by the disappearance of AIR and the evident decline of AUC and HOMA B, and the decrease of quality of insulin secretion.
    Zhonghua yi xue za zhi 10/2006; 86(36):2537-41.

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29 Citations
9.54 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2006–2010
    • Sun Yat-Sen University
      • Department of Endocrinology
      Guangzhou, Guangdong Sheng, China
  • 2007
    • Peking Union Medical College Hospital
      Peping, Beijing, China