Alicia Elbert

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BACKGROUND Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and chronic renal disease constitute important risk factors of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, associated with lipid abnormalities, and proinflammatory states. Advances in renal replacement therapy such as hemodialysis (HD) have not reduced morbi-mortality. It has not been elucidated if the concomitant presence of(More)
BACKGROUND Hypogonadism is frequent in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Salivary testosterone (Sal-T) is a non-invasive tool to screen androgen deficiency in adult male with normal renal function. However, available data on its utility in ESRD are not conclusive. OBJECTIVES The objectives of the study were: (i) to compare free testosterone(More)
BACKGROUND Sustained hypotension among patients with end stage renal disease on dialysis (ESRDh) varies from 5.0% to 12.0%. Despite their role in the regulation of blood pressure (BP) corticoadrenal hormones have been poorly investigated. OBJECTIVES This study aims to detect adrenal insufficiency in ESRDh and follow their clinical outcome. METHODS Fifty(More)
OBJECTIVE Experimental studies describe how urea is excreted through salivary glands and correlates with serum levels independently of salivary flow rate. This study confirms that salivary urea (SaU) is a reliable biomarker of uraemic state. In order to validate the SaU methodology, the following factors were taken into account: the independence of urea(More)
Both renal failure and type 2 diabetes may contribute synergistically to the dyslipemia of diabetic renal failure with the development of atherosclerosis as the possible consequence. It has not yet been conclusively evaluated whether diabetic patients with end-stage renal failure under maintenance hemodialysis (HD) show accentuated alterations in plasma(More)
Low density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation is a crucial step in the atherosclerotic process. High density lipoprotein (HDL)-associated enzymes such as paraoxonase could exert a protective effect on LDL oxidation in the arterial wall, an effect which could be impaired in Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). We studied copper-induced oxidation in LDL and HDL(More)
Non-high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) is proposed as a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Measuring non-HDL-C, as total cholesterol minus HDL-C, is convenient for routine practice because, among other advantages, fasting is not required. There are limited data of non-HDL-C in end-stage renal disease patients. We applied non-HDL-C(More)
OBJECTIVE Recently, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) proposed a new diagnostic entity for diabetes mellitus that has not been applied in renal failure patients so far. Our goal was to apply the new impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) criteria in a group of hemodialyzed patients to provide data on glucose alterations in(More)
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is widely accepted as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and mortality. Patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD) present higher prevalence of dyslipidemias, accelerated atherosclerosis, and higher risk of death because of cardiovascular disease than the general population. Lipoprotein abnormalities associated with CKD are(More)