F J Ortiz-Alonso

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BACKGROUND Animal studies have demonstrated reduced myocardial glucose utilization in the diabetic heart, suggesting abnormalities in glucose transport. This study was designed to evaluate myocardial glucose uptake as assessed by 2-fluoro-(fluorine-18)2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) and positron emission tomography (PET) in patients with insulin-dependent diabetes(More)
We used MK-912, a potent new selective alpha 2-adrenergic receptor antagonist that is active orally, to study the effect of short-term, selective alpha 2-blockade on fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and pancreatic islet function in non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM). Ten asymptomatic patients with NIDDM received either a single oral dose of MK-912 (2 mg) or(More)
This study was designed to define the effect of human aging on hypoglycemia counterregulatory mechanisms. A hyperinsulinemic (2 mU.kg-1.min-1) glucose clamp procedure was used to control glucose and insulin levels during stepwise lowering of plasma glucose. Counterregulatory hormones, hepatic glucose production (HGP), glucose utilization, and symptoms of(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine whether age is a predictor of sensitivity to the peripheral effects of insulin on carbohydrate metabolism independent of the potential influences of the level of sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity and blood pressure (BP). METHODS In 60 human subjects (age range 19-78 years), insulin sensitivity,(More)
The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that heightened sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity contributes to the mechanism by which hypertension is associated with insulin resistance in humans. We performed frequently sampled intravenous glucose tolerance tests to determine tissue sensitivity to metabolic effects of insulin (SI) and(More)
The purposes of this study were to determine whether patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) have an enhanced glycemic response to epinephrine (EPI) and to quantitate the effect of physiological elevations of EPI on pancreatic islet function in these patients. The increment of plasma glucose (PG) in response to 45 min of EPI infusion(More)
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