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Bernard Zinman - Top 30 Publications

Day-to-day fasting glycaemic variability in DEVOTE: associations with severe hypoglycaemia and cardiovascular outcomes (DEVOTE 2).

The Trial Comparing Cardiovascular Safety of Insulin Degludec vs Insulin Glargine in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes at High Risk of Cardiovascular Events (DEVOTE) was a double-blind, randomised, event-driven, treat-to-target prospective trial comparing the cardiovascular safety of insulin degludec with that of insulin glargine U100 (100 units/ml) in patients with type 2 diabetes at high risk of cardiovascular events. This paper reports a secondary analysis investigating associations of day-to-day fasting glycaemic variability (pre-breakfast self-measured blood glucose [SMBG]) with severe hypoglycaemia and cardiovascular outcomes.

Bladder cancer in the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trial.

DEVOTE 3: temporal relationships between severe hypoglycaemia, cardiovascular outcomes and mortality.

The double-blind Trial Comparing Cardiovascular Safety of Insulin Degludec vs Insulin Glargine in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes at High Risk of Cardiovascular Events (DEVOTE) assessed the cardiovascular safety of insulin degludec. The incidence and rates of adjudicated severe hypoglycaemia, and all-cause mortality were also determined. This paper reports a secondary analysis investigating associations of severe hypoglycaemia with cardiovascular outcomes and mortality.

Effects of Once-Weekly Exenatide on Cardiovascular Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes.

Background The cardiovascular effects of adding once-weekly treatment with exenatide to usual care in patients with type 2 diabetes are unknown. Methods We randomly assigned patients with type 2 diabetes, with or without previous cardiovascular disease, to receive subcutaneous injections of extended-release exenatide at a dose of 2 mg or matching placebo once weekly. The primary composite outcome was the first occurrence of death from cardiovascular causes, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or nonfatal stroke. The coprimary hypotheses were that exenatide, administered once weekly, would be noninferior to placebo with respect to safety and superior to placebo with respect to efficacy. Results In all, 14,752 patients (of whom 10,782 [73.1%] had previous cardiovascular disease) were followed for a median of 3.2 years (interquartile range, 2.2 to 4.4). A primary composite outcome event occurred in 839 of 7356 patients (11.4%; 3.7 events per 100 person-years) in the exenatide group and in 905 of 7396 patients (12.2%; 4.0 events per 100 person-years) in the placebo group (hazard ratio, 0.91; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.83 to 1.00), with the intention-to-treat analysis indicating that exenatide, administered once weekly, was noninferior to placebo with respect to safety (P<0.001 for noninferiority) but was not superior to placebo with respect to efficacy (P=0.06 for superiority). The rates of death from cardiovascular causes, fatal or nonfatal myocardial infarction, fatal or nonfatal stroke, hospitalization for heart failure, and hospitalization for acute coronary syndrome, and the incidence of acute pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, medullary thyroid carcinoma, and serious adverse events did not differ significantly between the two groups. Conclusions Among patients with type 2 diabetes with or without previous cardiovascular disease, the incidence of major adverse cardiovascular events did not differ significantly between patients who received exenatide and those who received placebo. (Funded by Amylin Pharmaceuticals; EXSCEL ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT01144338 .).

Empagliflozin and Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, Established Cardiovascular Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease.

Background -Empagliflozin, a sodium glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor, reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease in the EMPA-REG OUTCOME(®) trial. Urinary glucose excretion with empagliflozin decreases with declining renal function, resulting in less potency for glucose lowering in patients with kidney disease. We investigated the effects of empagliflozin on clinical outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes, established cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease. Methods -Patients with type 2 diabetes, established cardiovascular disease and estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) ≥30 mL/min/1.73m(2) at screening were randomized to receive empagliflozin 10 mg, empagliflozin 25 mg, or placebo once daily in addition to standard of care. We analyzed cardiovascular death, hospitalization for heart failure, all-cause hospitalization and all-cause mortality in patients with prevalent kidney disease (defined as eGFR <60 mL/min/1.73m(2) and/or urine albumin-creatinine ratio [UACR] >300 mg/g) at baseline. Additional analyses were performed in subgroups by baseline eGFR (<45, 45 to <60, 60 to <90, ≥90 mL/min/1.73m2) and baseline UACR (>300, 30 to ≤300, <30 mg/g). Results -Of 7020 patients treated, 2250 patients had prevalent kidney disease at baseline, of whom 67% had a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes for >10 years, 58% were receiving insulin and 84% were taking angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers. In patients with prevalent kidney disease at baseline, empagliflozin reduced the risk of cardiovascular death by 29% compared with placebo (hazard ratio [HR] 0.71 [95% CI 0.52, 0.98]), the risk of all-cause mortality by 24% (HR 0.76 [95% CI 0.59, 0.99]), the risk of hospitalization for heart failure by 39% (HR 0.61 [95% CI 0.42, 0.87]) and the risk of all-cause hospitalization by 19% (HR 0.81 [95% CI 0.72, 0.92]). Effects of empagliflozin on these outcomes were consistent across categories of eGFR and of UACR at baseline and across the two doses studied. The adverse event profile of empagliflozin in patients with eGFR <60 mL/min/1.73m(2) was consistent with the overall trial population. Conclusions -Empagliflozin improved clinical outcomes and reduced mortality in vulnerable patients with type 2 diabetes, established cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease. Clinical Trial Registration -URL: https://clinicaltrials.gov/. Unique identifier: NCT01131676.

Liraglutide and Renal Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes.

In a randomized, controlled trial that compared liraglutide, a glucagon-like peptide 1 analogue, with placebo in patients with type 2 diabetes and high cardiovascular risk who were receiving usual care, we found that liraglutide resulted in lower risks of the primary end point (nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes) and death. However, the long-term effects of liraglutide on renal outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes are unknown.

Response by Zinman et al to Letter Regarding Article, "Empagliflozin and Cerebrovascular Events in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus at High Cardiovascular Risk".

Antihyperglycemic agents and cardiovascular outcomes: recent insights.

To summarize cardiovascular outcome trials (CVOTs) with antihyperglycemic agents conducted since 2008 US Food and Drug Administration guidance.

Effects of empagliflozin on the urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio in patients with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease: an exploratory analysis from the EMPA-REG OUTCOME randomised, placebo-controlled trial.

In a pooled analysis of short-term trials, short-term treatment with the sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor empagliflozin reduced albuminuria in patients with type 2 diabetes and prevalent albuminuria. In this exploratory analysis of the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trial, we report the short-term and long-term effects of empagliflozin on albuminuria in patients with type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease, according to patients' baseline albuminuria status.

Impact of Changes Over Time in Adipokines and Inflammatory Proteins on Changes in Insulin Sensitivity, β-Cell Function, and Glycemia in Women With Previous Gestational Dysglycemia.

Efficacy and Safety of Degludec versus Glargine in Type 2 Diabetes.

Degludec is an ultralong-acting, once-daily basal insulin that is approved for use in adults, adolescents, and children with diabetes. Previous open-label studies have shown lower day-to-day variability in the glucose-lowering effect and lower rates of hypoglycemia among patients who received degludec than among those who received basal insulin glargine. However, data are lacking on the cardiovascular safety of degludec.

Novel Diabetes Drugs and the Cardiovascular Specialist.

Recently, treatment with 2 newer classes of type 2 diabetes drugs were found to reduce events in patients with diabetes and cardiovascular (CV) disease, a group common in cardiology clinics. The sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor, empagliflozin, markedly and rapidly reduced CV death and heart failure hospitalization, likely with hemodynamic/metabolic-driven mechanisms of action. More recently, the glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists liraglutide and semaglutide also reduced CV death and/or major adverse CV events, but did so more slowly and did not influence heart failure risks, suggesting alternative mechanisms of benefit. We will discuss drug therapy for diabetes relative to CV risk, briefly summarize key findings of CV benefit from recent trials, discuss potential mechanisms for benefits of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors and glucagon-like peptide-1 agonists, and suggest how such drugs might be embraced by CV specialists to reduce CV events and mortality in their patients.

Impact of the Glucagon Assay When Assessing the Effect of Chronic Liraglutide Therapy on Glucagon Secretion.

Glucagon-like peptide-1 agonists acutely lower serum glucagon. However, in the Liraglutide and β-Cell Repair (LIBRA) Trial, 48-week treatment with liraglutide yielded lower/unchanged fasting glucagon but, surprisingly, enhanced postchallenge glucagonemia [measured by R&D Systems (Minneapolis, MN) assay].

Baseline characteristics of patients enrolled in the Exenatide Study of Cardiovascular Event Lowering (EXSCEL).

EXSCEL is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial examining the effect of exenatide once-weekly (EQW) versus placebo on time to the primary composite outcome (cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction or nonfatal stroke) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and a wide range of cardiovascular (CV) risk.

Association of Glycemic Variability in Type 1 Diabetes With Progression of Microvascular Outcomes in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial.

The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) demonstrated the beneficial effects of intensive versus conventional therapy on the development and progression of microvascular complications of type 1 diabetes. These beneficial effects were almost completely explained by the difference between groups in the levels of HbA1c, which in turn were associated with the risk of these complications. We assessed the association of glucose variability within and between quarterly 7-point glucose profiles with the development and progression of retinopathy, nephropathy, and cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy during the DCCT.

Asymmetric dimethylarginine and arginine metabolites in women with and without a history of gestational diabetes.

Dysregulation of arginine metabolism, as evidenced by increased circulating levels of asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), has been proposed as an early event in the natural history of cardiovascular disease. Since the diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) identifies a patient population at increased future risk of cardiovascular disease later in life, we sought to characterize arginine metabolism in women with and without a history of recent GDM.

Empagliflozin and Cerebrovascular Events in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus at High Cardiovascular Risk.

In the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trial (Empagliflozin Cardiovascular Outcome Event Trial in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients), empagliflozin added to standard of care in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and high cardiovascular risk reduced the risk of 3-point major adverse cardiovascular events, driven by a reduction in cardiovascular mortality, with no significant difference between empagliflozin and placebo in risk of myocardial infarction or stroke. In a modified intent-to-treat analysis, the hazard ratio for stroke was 1.18 (95% confidence interval, 0.89-1.56; P=0.26). We further investigated cerebrovascular events.

Electrocardiographic Abnormalities and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Type 1 Diabetes: The Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) Study.

We examined the association between the prevalence and incidence of electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities and the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with type 1 diabetes, among whom these ECG abnormalities are common.

Chronic liraglutide therapy induces an enhanced endogenous glucagon-like peptide-1 secretory response in early type 2 diabetes.

Sustained exogenous stimulation of a hormone-specific receptor can affect endogenous hormonal regulation. In this context, little is known about the impact of chronic treatment with glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonists on the endogenous GLP-1 response. We therefore evaluated the impact of chronic liraglutide therapy on endogenous GLP-1 and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) response to an oral glucose challenge. A total of 51 people with type 2 diabetes of 2.6 ± 1.9 years' duration were randomized to daily subcutaneous liraglutide or placebo injection and followed for 48 weeks, with an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) every 12 weeks. GLP-1 and GIP responses were assessed according to their respective area under the curve (AUC) from measurements taken at 0, 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes during each OGTT. There were no differences in AUCGIP between the groups. By contrast, although fasting GLP-1 was unaffected, the liraglutide arm had ~2-fold higher AUCGLP-1 at 12 weeks ( P  < .001), 24 weeks ( P  < .001), 36 weeks ( P  = .03) and 48 weeks ( P  = .03), as compared with placebo. Thus, chronic liraglutide therapy induces a previously unrecognized, robust and durable enhancement of the endogenous GLP-1 response, highlighting the need for further study of the long-term effects of incretin mimetics on L-cell physiology.

Traditional foods and 25(OH)D concentrations in a subarctic First Nations community.

Sub-optimal vitamin D status is common worldwide and the condition may be associated with increased risk for various chronic diseases. In particular, low vitamin D status is highly prevalent in indigenous communities in Canada, although limited data are available on the determinants of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentrations in this population. The relationship between traditional food consumption and vitamin D status has not been well documented.

Prior lactation reduces future diabetic risk through sustained postweaning effects on insulin sensitivity.

Breastfeeding for ≥12 mo is recommended for optimal infant nutrition but may hold maternal benefits as well. Indeed, lactation has been associated with lower long-term risk of diabetes in the mother, but the mechanism by which it imparts sustained postweaning effects on glucose tolerance remains unclear. In this context, we postulated that lactation could potentially induce postweaning beneficial effects on glucose tolerance by modifying the natural history of insulin sensitivity and/or pancreatic β-cell function over time. Thus, in this study, we evaluated the relationships between duration of lactation [≤3 mo (n = 70), 3-12 mo (n = 140), and ≥12 mo (n = 120)] and trajectories of insulin sensitivity/resistance, β-cell function, and glycemia over the first 3 yr postpartum in a cohort of 330 women comprising the full spectrum of glucose tolerance in pregnancy, who underwent serial metabolic characterization, including oral glucose tolerance tests, at 3 mo, 1 yr, and 3 yr postpartum. The prevalence of dysglycemia (pre-diabetes/diabetes) at 3 yr postpartum was lower in women who breastfed for ≥12 mo (12.5%) than in those who breastfed for ≤3 mo (21.4%) or for 3-12 mo (25.7%)(overall P = 0.028). On logistic regression analysis, lactation for ≥12 mo independently predicted a lower likelihood of prediabetes/diabetes at 3 yr postpartum (OR = 0.37, 95% CI 0.18-0.78, P = 0.009). Notably, lactation for ≥12 mo predicted lesser worsening of insulin sensitivity/resistance (P < 0.0001), fasting glucose (P < 0.0001), and 2-h glucose (P = 0.011) over 3 yr compared with lactation ≤3 mo but no differences in β-cell function (P ≥ 0.37). It has thus emerged that adherence to current breastfeeding recommendations reduces future diabetic risk through sustained postweaning effects on insulin sensitivity/resistance but not β-cell function.

Can the Combination of Incretin Agents and Sodium-Glucose Cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors Reconcile the Yin and Yang of Glucagon?

Diabetes: Steno-2 - a small study with a big heart.

Empagliflozin and Progression of Kidney Disease in Type 2 Diabetes.

Albuminuria Changes and Cardiovascular and Renal Outcomes in Type 1 Diabetes: The DCCT/EDIC Study.

In trials of people with type 2 diabetes, albuminuria reduction with renin-angiotensin system inhibitors is associated with lower risks of cardiovascular events and CKD progression. We tested whether progression or remission of microalbuminuria is associated with cardiovascular and renal risk in a well characterized cohort of type 1 diabetes.

Cardiovascular Outcome Trials in Diabetes: Will the EMPA-REG OUTCOME and LEADER Trials Influence Clinical Decisions in Type 2 Diabetes?

Design of DEVOTE (Trial Comparing Cardiovascular Safety of Insulin Degludec vs Insulin Glargine in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes at High Risk of Cardiovascular Events) - DEVOTE 1.

DEVOTE was designed to evaluate the cardiovascular safety of insulin degludec (IDeg) vs insulin glargine U100 (IGlar) in patients with T2D at high risk of cardiovascular events. DEVOTE is a phase 3b, multicenter, international, randomized, double-blind, active comparator-controlled trial, designed as an event-driven trial that would continue until 633 positively adjudicated primary events were accrued. The primary end point was the time from randomization to a composite outcome consisting of the first occurrence of cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, or nonfatal stroke. Patients with T2D at high risk of cardiovascular complications were randomized 1:1 to receive either IDeg or IGlar, each added to background therapies. This trial was designed to demonstrate statistical noninferiority of IDeg vs IGlar for the primary end point. DEVOTE enrolled 7,637 patients between October 2013 and November 2014 at 436 sites in 20 countries. Of these, 6,506 patients had prior cardiovascular disease or chronic kidney disease, and the remainder had multiple cardiovascular risk factors. DEVOTE was designed to provide conclusive evidence regarding the cardiovascular safety of IDeg relative to IGlar in a high-risk population of patients with T2D.

Predictors of sustained drug-free diabetes remission over 48 weeks following short-term intensive insulin therapy in early type 2 diabetes.

In early type 2 diabetes (T2DM), short-term intensive insulin therapy (IIT) for 2-4 weeks can decrease insulin resistance, reduce glucagonemia, improve β-cell function, and even induce a remission of diabetes that can last up to 1 year in some patients. However, little is known about the predictors of such a sustained remission.

Efficacy and Safety of Liraglutide Added to Insulin Treatment in Type 1 Diabetes: The ADJUNCT ONE Treat-To-Target Randomized Trial.

To investigate whether liraglutide added to treat-to-target insulin improves glycemic control and reduces insulin requirements and body weight in subjects with type 1 diabetes.

Metformin in women with type 2 diabetes in pregnancy (MiTy): a multi-center randomized controlled trial.

The incidence of type 2 diabetes in pregnancy is rising and rates of serious adverse maternal and fetal outcomes remain high. Metformin is a biguanide that is used as first-line treatment for non-pregnant patients with type 2 diabetes. We hypothesize that metformin use in pregnancy, as an adjunct to insulin, will decrease adverse outcomes by reducing maternal hyperglycemia, maternal insulin doses, maternal weight gain and gestational hypertension/pre-eclampsia. In addition, since metformin crosses the placenta, metformin treatment of the fetus may have a direct beneficial effect on neonatal outcomes. Our aim is to compare the effectiveness of the addition of metformin to insulin, to standard care (insulin plus placebo) in women with type 2 diabetes in pregnancy.