Alexander Schmitz

Effects of ACE inhibition supplementary to beta blockers and diuretics in early diabetic nephropathy

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Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibition has shown promising results in diabetic nephropathy, but long-term results on survival are not available. In a cohort of patients receiving antihypertensive treatment predominantly consisting of beta blockers in combination with diuretics, support for an improved survival has been presented. Addition of ACE inhibition to such a combination treatment may be favorable both due to the suggested renoprotective effects of ACE inhibitors and because diuretics activate the renin-angiotensin system. In 10 insulin-dependent diabetic patients with early diabetic nephropathy [urinary albumin excretion rate (UAE) less than 100o micrograms/min], who were receiving continuous therapy with metoprolol and bendroflumethiazide, a double-blind crossover study with four months addition of ramipril 5 mg (Ramace) and placebo was conducted. UAE (radioimmunoassay) and fractional albumin excretion were significantly reduced after the four months of ramipril administration [UAE: 114.1 x/divided by 1.3 (geometric mean x/divided by confidence factor] versus 174.6 x/divided by 1.2 micrograms/min, 2P less than 0.005). Renal plasma flow (clearance of 131I-hippuran) tended to increase [497 +/- 25 (mean +/- SE) vs. 464 +/- 28 ml/min/1.73 m2, 2P = 0.08], while GFR (125I-iothalamate) stayed unchanged (121 +/- 8 vs. 120 +/- 9 ml/min/1.73 m2). Mean arterial pressure during clearance studies fell moderately (95 +/- 3 vs. 101 +/- 1 mm Hg, 2P less than 0.05) and renal resistance was decreased (2P less than 0.03). ACE activity was suppressed in all patients. Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure measurements were not significantly different after the two periods (daytime averages: 91 +/- 2 vs. 93 +/- 2, nighttime 80 +/- 2 vs. 84 +/- 3 mm Hg).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

BogserieKidney International
Sider (fra-til)883-90
Antal sider8
StatusUdgivet - apr. 1992

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