Mark M . Smits

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BACKGROUND AND AIM The metabolic syndrome (MetS) and each of its components are strongly associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This has led many investigators to suggest that NAFLD is an independent component of the MetS. We formally tested this hypothesis using confirmatory factor analysis, which allows comparison of different models,(More)
OBJECTIVES Obesity and insulin resistance cause fatty infiltration of many organs, including the pancreas (pancreatic steatosis [PS]) and the liver (nonalcoholic fatty liver disease [NAFLD]). In contrast to NAFLD, pathophysiological mechanisms and clinical relevance of PS remain unknown. This study aimed to identify a possible relation between PS and NAFLD.(More)
Diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease worldwide, and is associated with a high risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Intensive control of glucose levels and blood pressure is currently the mainstay of both prevention and treatment of diabetic nephropathy. However, this strategy cannot fully prevent the development(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with type 1 diabetes who have impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia have a three to six times increased risk of severe hypoglycaemia. We aimed to assess whether continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) improves glycaemia and prevents severe hypoglycaemia compared with self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) in this high-risk population. (More)
A rare case of recurrent mastoiditis is described with abscess formation caused by a nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) Mycobacterium chelonae abscessus. The exceptionally slow wound healing after repeated surgical debridement was striking. A literature study showed that in contrast with NTM infections of other parts of the body, infections of the middle(More)
An absolute, supraphysiologic elevation in GFR is observed early in the natural history in 10%-67% and 6%-73% of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, respectively. Moreover, at the single-nephron level, diabetes-related renal hemodynamic alterations-as an adaptation to reduction in functional nephron mass and/or in response to prevailing metabolic and(More)
In parallel with the type 2 diabetes pandemic, diabetic kidney disease has become the leading cause of end-stage renal disease worldwide, and is associated with high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. As established in landmark randomised trials and recommended in clinical guidelines, prevention and treatment of diabetic kidney disease focuses on(More)
OBJECTIVES Smokers are at risk for pancreatic cancer (PC) and other pancreatic diseases. Cigarette smoking also aggravates the risk of PC in patients with hereditary and chronic pancreatitis (CP) and results in a higher incidence of acute pancreatitis and relapses in CP. Both PC and CP are characterized by a progressive fibrosis. Recently, two studies on(More)
The gastrointestinal hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) lowers postprandial glucose concentrations by regulating pancreatic islet-cell function, with stimulation of glucose-dependent insulin and suppression of glucagon secretion. In addition to endocrine pancreatic effects, mounting evidence suggests that several gastrointestinal actions of GLP-1 are(More)