Kazuhisa Takami

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Leptin, the product of the ob gene, has been shown to inhibit bone formation in mice. We addressed whether leptin has any role in the regulation of bone mineral density (BMD) in humans. Subjects were 221 adult men with a mean (+/-SD) age and body mass index of 52.1 +/- 8.7 yr and 23.6 +/- 2.8 kg/m2. Serum leptin, carboxyterminal propeptide of type 1(More)
Troglitazone, a thiazolidinedione derivative, has been shown to counteract insulin resistance in obesity and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). To test its effects on dexamethasone-induced insulin resistance, we measured hepatic glucose production (HGP) and the insulin-stimulated glucose disposal rate (Rd) by a euglycemic-hyperinsulinemic(More)
OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that intra-abdominal fat plays a primary role over general adiposity for metabolic abnormalities and atherosclerosis. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We cross-sectionally studied 849 Japanese men aged 50.3 +/- 8.5 years (range 20-78) with BMI 23.5 +/- 2.9 kg/m(2). Intimal-medial thickness (IMT) of the carotid artery was(More)
UNLABELLED OBJECTIVE; To examine the effects of diet and diet with voglibose or glyburide on abdominal adiposity and metabolic abnormalities in patients with type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A total of 36 Japanese patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes (50.8 +/- 8.6 years of age, BMI 24.5 +/- 3.5 kg/m(2)) and 273 normal control subjects(More)
Although lower extremity arterial disease is frequently accompanied by diabetes mellitus, the association of circulating biomarkers with flow components during the cardiac cycle in lower-leg arteries has yet to be fully elucidated. We enrolled 165 type 2 diabetic patients with normal ankle-brachial index (ABI 1.0-1.4), comprising 106 normoalbuminuric and 59(More)
It is well known that short-term growth hormone (GH) administration in humans and animals induces insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. The purpose of the present study was to clarify whether troglitazone, a new insulin-sensitizing drug of the thiazolidinedione class, counteracts the insulin antagonistic effects of recombinant human (rh) GH on glucose(More)
A 55-year-old man showed a serum creatinine level of 1.51 mg/dL, CRP of 0.79 mg/dL, and proteinase 3 anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (PR3-ANCA) of 43.9 EU (normal range: below 10). The serum levels and ratios of IgG1, IgG2, IgG3, and IgG4 to total IgG were 1,570 mg/dL (49%), 1,190 mg/dL (37%), 82 mg/dL (3%), and 351 mg/dL (11%), respectively. Positron(More)
OBJECTIVE Growth hormone (GH)-insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1 axis regulates growth and survival of vascular cells and cardiomyocytes. The role of GH-IGF-1 axis in cardiovascular disease is controversial. METHODS AND RESULTS We assessed the association of circulating levels of IGF-1 and IGF binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) with early carotid atherosclerosis(More)
Troglitazone and D-chiroinositol have been shown to exert antidiabetic effects by either potentiating or mimicking insulin action. We studied whether pretreatment with these compounds can prevent the deleterious effects of glucosamine on insulin action that may play an important role in hyperglycemia-induced insulin resistance. Normal Wistar rats were(More)