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Insulin resistance is associated with the circulating free fatty acid (FFA) level and intracellular lipid content in muscle and liver. We investigated the effect of 2-wk diet and exercise therapy on total adiposity, circulating FFA, intracellular lipid content in muscle and liver, and peripheral insulin sensitivity. Type 2 diabetic patients were divided(More)
Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved machinery for bulk degradation of cytoplasmic components. Here, we report upregulation of autophagosome formation in pancreatic beta cells in diabetic db/db and in nondiabetic high-fat-fed C57BL/6 mice. Free fatty acids (FFAs), which can cause peripheral insulin resistance associated with diabetes, induced autophagy(More)
To investigate the effect of highly purified eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) on the progression of diabetic macroangiopathy, we performed an open-label randomized prospective trial. A total of 81 Japanese type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to the EPA (1800 mg/day) treated group or the control group. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and brachial-ankle(More)
Several epidemiological studies suggested that treatment with angiotensin II type 1 receptor blocker (ARB) provided a risk reduction of developing type 2 diabetes. In this study, we investigated whether and how ARB treatment can improve abnormalities of pancreatic islets in diabetes state. We randomized db/db mice, a model of type 2 diabetes with obesity,(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the role of insulin receptor substrate-2 (IRS-2) mediated signal in macrophages on the accumulation of macrophages in the vascular wall. Mice transplanted with IRS-2(-/-) bone marrow, a model of myeloid cell restricted defect of IRS-2, showed accumulation of monocyte chemoattractant protein-1-expressing macrophages(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between masked hypertension (MHT) and vascular damage in patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS The study subjects were patients with type 2 diabetes who were normotensive based on blood pressure (BP) measurement in the clinic (n = 80) without antihypertensive drugs and free of retinopathy,(More)
In this retrospective longitudinal study, we focused on the clinical characteristics of Japanese individuals with recent onset impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) who have been followed up for insulin secretory function and 75-gram oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) for more than 3 years annually before they progressed from normal glucose tolerance (NGT) to(More)
This study was designed to determine the effect of a novel insulin secretagogue, nateglinide, on the glycemic response curve and early insulin secretion following oral glucose load in impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) subjects. Thirteen subjects were given a 75 g oral glucose tolerance test (75 g OGTT), the findings of which resulted in the diagnosis of IGT.(More)
OBJECTIVE Exogenous administration of glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) or GLP-1 receptor agonists such as an exendin-4 has direct beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. However, their effects on atherosclerogenesis have not been elucidated. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of GLP-1 on accumulation of monocytes/macrophages on the(More)
Glucagon-like peptide-1 is a hormone secreted by L cells of the small intestine and stimulates glucose-dependent insulin response. Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists such as exendin-4 are currently used in type 2 diabetes, and considered to have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. To further elucidate the effect of glucagon-like(More)