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Subjects with the metabolic syndrome have insulin resistance as a core feature, which results in impaired glucose tolerance or frank hyperglycemia. Recently two important studies have shed further light on the importance of more intensive glycemic control4,5.The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) demonstrated that among patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus, compared with conventional treatment, intensive control of hyperglycemia with insulin reduced the risk of any cardiovascular disease outcome by 42 (Figure 5.2) and the risk of non-fatal myocardial infarction, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease by 57 4. Similarly the PROspective pioglitAzone Clinical Trial In macro Vascular Events (PROACTIVE) which assessed the benefit of piogli-tazone versus placebo in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and vascular disease demonstrated that piogli-tazone reduced the risk of macrovascular complications by 16 over 3 years (Figure 5.3)5. The exact mechanism by which...

Other Amylinlike Molecular Forms

Yet the glycosylated forms of amylin are likely to arise from an enzymatic (implicitly purposeful) synthetic step. This is in contrast to the accelerated non-enzymatic glycation that occurs with circulating proteins, including hemoglobin, during sustained hyperglycemia. As an example of this latter process, advanced glycosylation endproduct (AGE) amylin has been produced in vitro and is reported to accelerate nucleation of amyloid in vitro (Kapurniotu et al., 1996). However, it is yet to be identified as a molecular species in vivo.

Postoperative Management

After a successful insulinoma resection, transient hyperglycemia in the range of 200 to 400 mg dL for a period of several days to several weeks is the rule and demonstrates a successful outcome. Treatment with small doses of insulin is sometimes necessary to avoid glucosuria and ketoacidosis. Rarely, patients may develop permanent hyperglycemia, especially after a subtotal or near-total pancreatec-tomy. Persistent hypoglycemia, once as high as 10 to 20 of operative cases, can now be expected in only about 5 of patients with benign insulinomas and for some patients with unresectable malignant disease.16 After subtotal or near-total pancreatectomies for nesidioblastosis, children are more prone to developing diabetes mellitus later in life (usually in adolescence) than are the adults who have undergone similar operations.17 Rarely, permanent hyper-glycemia develops after a very limited resection or even enucleation of an insulinoma.

Renal Failure Fluidallinone Solution

Standard solutions are available with amino acids, glucose, and lipids plus added vitamins, trace elements, and electrolytes contained in a single bag (total admixture solutions, all-in-one solutions). The stability of fat emulsions in such mixtures should be tested. If hyperglycemia is present, insulin can be added to the solution or administered separately. To ensure maximal nutrient utilization and avoid metabolic derangements as mineral imbalance, hyperglycemia or blood urea nitrogen rise, the infusion should be started at a slow rate (providing about 50 of requirements) and gradually increased over several days. Optimally, the solution should be infused continuously over 24 hours to avoid marked derangements in substrate concentrations in the presence of impaired utilization for several nutritional substrates in patients with acute renal failure. EAA, NEAA essential and nonessential amino acids TPN total parenteral nutrition.

Hypothermia for Ischemic Stroke

However, its use is associated with several potential adverse side effects, including an increased risk of infection, coagulopathy, hypokalemia, hyperglycemia, and cardiovascular suppression. Furthermore, when hypothermia is discontinued, a rebound elevation of ICP has also been noted, which may be fatal. The timing, degree, and duration of hypothermia in ischemic stroke have not been fully worked out, nor has the safest rate of re-warming.

Impaired Glucose Metabolism and Metabolic Syndrome

Although numerous past studies show that hyperglycemia is associated with a marked increase in CVD mortality risk 5 , recent investigations have focused on the risks posed by impaired glucose metabolism (IGM), i.e., impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). In the Hoorn Study, decreased total systemic arterial compliance, increased aortic augmentation index, and decreased carotid-femoral transit time were seen in DM-2 and to a lesser extent in IGM, suggesting that either greater arterial stiffness in DM-2 or increased aortic atherosclerotic plaque reflection sites might increase augmentationindex by altering the amplitude and timing of reflected waves 6 . Increased stiffness of the muscular femoral and brachial arteries in IGM may precede elastic carotid artery stiffness in DM-2, because of decreased distension and diameter of the femoral artery coupled with increased pulse pressure. Hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia explained about 30 of the arterial...

Suggested Schedule For Minimal Monitoring Of Parenteral Nutrition

Complications Technical problems and infectious complications originating from the central venous catheter, chemical incompatibilities, and metabolic complications of parenteral nutrition are similar in ARF patients and in nonuremic subjects. However, tolerance to volume load is limited, electrolyte derangements can develop rapidly, exaggerated protein or amino acid intake stimulates excessive blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and waste product accumulation and glucose intolerance, and decreased fat clearance can cause hyperglycemia and hypertriglyceridemia. Thus, nutritional therapy for ARF patients requires more frequent monitoring than it does for other patient groups, to avoid metabolic complications.

Glucose Insulin and Potential Mechanisms of Vascular Stiffening

Among patients with diabetes 15 or the metabolic syndrome, arterial stiffening is observed across all age groups. In children with severe obesity, arterial wall stiffness and endothelial dysfunction are accompanied by low plasma apolipoprotein A-I levels, insulin resistance, and android fat distribution, changes that may be the main risk factors for the early events leading to atheroma formation 16 . The positive correlation between insulin resistance and central arterial stiffness and the close relationship between the extent of metabolic changes and the degree of arterial stiffness suggest that insulin resistance is a primary underlying factor. In animal models of insulin-resistant diabetes, chronic hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia increase local angio-tensin II production and expression of vascular Ang II type I receptors via stimulation of TGF- 1, upregulate plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, and downregulate matrix metalloprotease activity, all of which play a critical role in...

Endothelial dysfunction

Cardiometabolic syndrome (Figure 2.7)21-23. Hyper-lipidemia, hyperglycemia, hypertension, smoking, and homocysteine have all been reported to damage the endothelium. (Studies that have treated these particular components have also shown favorable effects on endothelial dysfunction). Endothelial dysfunction leads to an imbalance in the endothelial production of favorable versus unfavorable factors. Factors such as platelet adhesion, aggregation, and thrombogenicity of the blood have been postulated to play a role. Therefore, secondary to endothelial dysfunction, circulating platelets may aggregate in particular areas, releasing cytokines and growth factors, and may initiate the inflammatory reaction. After the initial inflammatory reaction, LDL cholesterol is postulated to be more actively taken up into the vessel wall and may result in the formation of a fatty streak. Ultimately, vascular smooth muscle cells participate in the process by migrating into the intima, proliferating, and...

Catecholamine Actions

Norepinephrine's stimulation of ai-adrenergic receptors increases the flux of calcium into the target cell. Alphai-adrenergic receptors are found in the vascular smooth muscle, heart, and pupillary dilator muscles activation results in hypertension, some increased force of cardiac contraction, and pupillary dilation. It also stimulates sweating from nonther-moregulatory apocrine stress sweat glands (located variably on the palms, axillae, and forehead). Norepinephrine's activation of P-adrenergic receptors causes an increased flux of calcium into the target cell. Norepinephrine has great affinity for Pi-adrenergic receptors (increases cardiac contraction and rate) stimulation of heart rate is counteracted by simultaneous vagal stimulation. Norepi-nephrine has less affinity for P2-adrenergic receptors (vasodilation, hepatic glycogenolysis). With higher norepinephrine levels, hypermetabolism and hyper-glycemia are noted. Norepinephrine also activates Epinephrine also stimulates...

Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptideproducing Tumors

The original report of a VIPoma was by Priest and Alexander in 1957, but it remained for Verner and Morrison, a year later, to fully characterize the entity as a distinct syndrome.4041 Synonyms for this disease include pancreatic cholera, Verner-Morrison syndrome, and WDHH. The latter term is a reference to the watery diarrhea, hypokalemia, and hypochlorhydria caused by these tumors. Initially, diarrhea is intermittent, and during periods of quiescence, stools are semisolid and relatively few in number. Progressively, however, the diarrhea becomes more severe and unrelenting. Because the diarrhea is secretory and hypermotility is not a feature, crampy abdominal pain is unusual. Characteristically, patients may have 10 to 15 bowel movements and produce up to 10 L of tea-colored liquid stool per day. Approximately 50 of these patients have hyperglycemia caused by the glucagon-like activity of VIP. Hypercalcemia and hypomagne-semia are also common. Twenty percent of patients...

Diabetes Preventive Care

The management state consists of six concurrent substates self blood glucose monitoring, diet, physical activity, hyperglycemia, blood pressure management, and lipid management. These states will be described in detail in the following sections. The management state has two exit actions, both setting up timers for upcoming management and surveillance visits exit SetManage-mentFollowUp(), and SetSurveillance().

Carbon and nitrogencentered glucokinase activators

Compound 5 was assessed in a variety of rodent models of T2D and was effective in lowering basal blood glucose levels in addition to dampening glucose excursions during an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). Initial indications of participation of the liver became evident during OGTTs carried out in healthy and T2D mouse models. Compound 5 stimulated peak insulin levels at 45min and an OGTT was carried out 120 min after oral administration of 5. While 5 was equally efficacious regardless of when the OGTT was performed, sulfonylureas were generally more effective when an OGTT was carried out concurrently with the drug-induced peak insulin levels. These results implicated activation of hepatic GK by 5, which was subsequently confirmed in a pancreatic clamp study in rats. These reports indicated improved glucose utilization in the drug-treated group. Therefore, GKAs were shown to increase the threshold of GSIR in the pancreas and also to improve glucose utilization in the liver....

Thiazolebased inhibitors

One of the first classes of 11 p-HSD 1 inhibitors to demonstrate selectivity over 11 p-HSD2 consisted of thiazole analogs. As depicted in structure 1, the general structure of active thiazoles incorporates a sulfonamide moiety at the 2-position of the thiazole ring. Two preferred compounds that have been extensively studied are BVT-2733 (2) and BVT-14225 (3). Human isozyme in vitro studies showed that compounds 2 and 3 were reasonably potent 11p-HSD1 inhibitors (IC50 3.3 and 0.05mM, respectively) and were selective vs. 11p-HSD2 (IC50> 10 mM) 21 . Although 2 was less potent in the human assay, it was more potent than compound 3 against mouse 11p-HSD1 (IC50 96 and 284nM, respectively) 21 . Both compounds were inactive at mouse 11p-HSD2 21 . Compound 2 was tested in the hyperglycemic KKAy mouse model of diabetes, and was shown to dose-dependently lower blood glucose levels, with a maximum glucose reduction of 53 (100mg kg

Positron emission tomography

Interest versus average uptake) should be used. Consistency in postinjection image acquisition times for subsequent FDG PET scans is necessary to generate biologically relevant semiquantitative information the same can be said for the use of the same camera with the same reconstruction algorithm. Strict adherence to institutional standards for patient elevated blood glucose (eg, > 150 mg mL) is recommended so that rescheduling of patients is done if proper levels do not exist.

Physiological Changes

Frey Pancreaticojejunostomy

The diabetes that develops after total pancreatectomy is particularly difficult to manage, however. Patients are exquisitely sensitive to insulin because of enhanced peripheral insulin sensitivity. Hypoglycemic episodes can be frequent, secondary to the lack of glucagon, and the counter-regulation it provides for a fall in blood glucose. Fasting and postprandial hyperglycemia is common because of unsuppressed hepatic glucose production. The paradox of hepatic resistance to insulin, and enhanced peripheral sensitivity to insulin causes difficulty in the management of postoperative diabetes. The duodenum-preserving pancreatic head resections have a lower incident of postoperative diabetes, and may actually result in improved glucose tolerance. This observation sug

Hyperkalemia Diagnostic Approach

Hyporeninemic Hypoaldosteronism

Either leukocytes or platelets results in leakage of potassium from these cells. Familial pseudohyperkalemia is a rare condition of increased potassium efflux from red blood cells in vitro. Ischemia due to tight or prolonged tourniquet application or fist clenching increases serum potassium concentrations by as much as 1.0 to 1.6 mEq L. Hyperkalemia can also result from decreases in K movement into cells or increases in potassium movement from cells. Hyper-chloremic metabolic acidosis (in contrast to organic acid, anion-gap metabolic acidosis) causes potassium ions to flow out of cells. Hypertonic states induced by mannitol, hypertonic saline, or poor blood sugar control promote movement of water and potassium out of cells. Depolarizing muscle relaxants such as succinylcholine increase permeability of muscle cells and should be avoided by hyperkalemic patients. The mechanism of hyperkalemia with -adrenergic blockade is illustrated in Figure 3-3. Digitalis impairs function of the...

Effect Of Vagus Nerve Damage And Disease On Neurotrophins Associated With Vagal Afferent Neurons

The vagus nerves have elevated NGF protein content at early stages of STZ-induced diabetes (Figure 2.5).133 Cervical vagus nerves of streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats were studied at 8, 16, and 24 weeks after the induction of diabetes. Elevations in vagus nerve hexose (glucose and fructose) and polyol levels (sorbitol), and their normalization with insulin treatment, verify that the STZ treatment results in hyperglycemia-induced metabolic abnormalities in the nerve. Intact right vagus nerves were used to determine whether STZ-induced diabetes altered the nerve content of endogenous NGF and NT-3.133 The vagus nerves of diabetic rats have elevated NGF at 8 weeks (50 ) and at 16 weeks (35 ), but not at the 24-week time point, when compared with the control or the diabetic+insulin groups.133 The intact cervical vagus nerve of the diabetic rats at each of the three time points (8, 16, and 24 weeks) show no significant changes in NT-3 compared with the control or the...

Glucagonoma VIPoma Somatostatinoma ECLoma and Nonfunctional Tumors

The long-acting somatostatin analog ocreotide is now considered to be the drug of choice in the medical palliation of unresectable functional tumors because of improved efficacy over other thera-pies.13 59 The treatment for the migratory necrolytic erythema associated with glucagonomas is normalization of amino acid levels, oral zinc therapy, and even glucose or normal saline infusion.60,61 Octreotide is the drug of choice for glucagonomas. These patients are often poor operative candidates because of poor nutrition from the catabolic state. If surgery is contemplated, then blood transfusions, total parenteral nutrition, and control of hyper-glycemia, as well as anticoagulation, have been recommended for the preoperative period.61

Regulation of the Absorptive State

The absorptive state is regulated largely by insulin, which is secreted in response to elevated blood glucose and amino acid levels and to the intestinal hormones gastrin, secretin, and cholecystokinin. Insulin regulates the rate of glucose uptake by nearly all cells except neurons, kidney cells, and erythrocytes, which have an independent rate of uptake. On other target cells, insulin has the following effects

Inhibition of Glucagon Secretion

Amylin Secrtion

Hypoglycemia-stimulated glucagon secretion and nutrient (amino acid)-stimulated glucagon secretion are two clearly different processes, differently affected by amylin. The balance of glucose fluxes is disturbed in diabetic states, partly as a result of inappropriate glucagon secretion. Although glucose production due to glucagon secreted in response to hypoglycemia is normal or even reduced in diabetic patients, the secretion of glucagon (and production of endogenous glucose) in response to protein meals is typically exaggerated. Absence of appropriate b-cell suppression of a-cell secretion has been invoked as a mechanism that explains exaggerated glucagon responses, especially prevalent in patients with deficient b-cell secretion (type 1 diabetes and insulinopenic type 2 diabetes). A proposed benefit of insulin replacement therapy is the reduction of absolute or relative hyper-glucagonemia. High glucagon is said to be necessary for ketosis in severe forms of diabetes. A further...

Do Mutations Cause Crime

Testicular Atrophy Picture

Fense has been dormant during the last two decades. However, there has been no shortage of creative tactics by defense counsel, especially those involved in murder trials. In the last 20 years, low blood sugar levels, high blood sugar levels, premenstrual syndrome, and posttraumatic stress syndrome have all been offered almost always unsuccessfully as a basis for an insanity plea.

Blue discolouration in a neuroischaemic foot

A 48-year-old man with type 1 diabetes mellitus of 20 years' duration, peripheral neuropathy, background retinopathy and no proteinuria presented with a 1-week history of malaise, high blood glucose and a 2-day history of discomfort and redness of the right foot. There was no history of trauma. There was an area of erythema over the dorsum and both medial and lateral aspects of the right foot, which was also oedematous. There was no break in the skin (Fig. 5.20a).

Impaired Glucose Tolerance Impaired Fasting Glucose Insulin Resistance And Diabetes

A study of three European cohorts from the Whitehall Study, the Paris Prospective Study, and the Helsinki Policemen Study evaluated the relationship between hyperglycemia and mortality among non-diabetic men59. Men with fasting glucose levels in the upper 2.5 of values and upper 20 of 2-hour glucose levels after an oral glucose tolerance test demonstrated a significant increase in all-cause mortality when compared with those in lower distributions55. Men in the upper 2.5 of values for both fasting and 2-hour glucose levels were also at higher risk for cardiovascular and coronary artery disease-related death59. The Framingham Offspring Study investigated the effect of impaired glucose tolerance, impaired fasting glucose, and type 2 diabetes mellitus on the 2 diabetes, one study demonstrated a significant increase in coronary artery disease-related death and coronary events associated with HbA1c levels of greater than 7.0 compared with lower levels61. The UKPDS 23 study evaluated a...

Classification and evolution of increased cardiometabolic risk states

Prevalence Metabolic Obesity

Figure 1.1 Schematic demonstrating where the presence of metabolic syndrome fits into the natural history of type 2 diabetes. Prior to the development of clinical overt hyperglycemia and the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, it is observed that insulin resistance may develop in the majority of individuals, primarily associated with obesity. The development of insulin resistance in an individual will need to be compensated by hyperinsulinemia in order to maintain normal glucose tolerance. However, when the insulin secretory capacity of the p cell begins to diminish such that the pancreatic function now fails to compensate for the insulin resistance, a state of relative 'insulin deficiency' leading to hyperglycemia is observed. It is at this stage that impaired glucose tolerance and impaired fasting glucose may be present. With worsening pancreatic dysfunction and the inability to compensate fully for the degree of insulin resistance, hyperglycemia continues to increase and clinically overt...

Peg Vs Radiological Or Surgical Gastrostomy

The focus of therapy is aimed at correcting any underlying co-morbidity such as malnutrition or hyperglycemia, loosening of the external bolster, and local measures to prevent wound breakdown (such as powdered absorbing agents or skin protectants such as zinc oxide). Placement of a larger gastrostomy tube through the same PEG tract wound tends to further dilate and distort the tract and retard wound healing, thus compounding the problem. The PEG tube may be removed for 24-48 h to permit slight wound closure prior to reinsertion of a replacement tube through the preexisting tract. This technique is most effective for PEG tube tracts that leak 1 mo following initial placement and are ineffective for patients with early tract leakage, as the majority of these patients develop poor wound healing from their underlying disease process.

Hiv Protease Inhibitors

Cross-resistance commonly occurs among several of the PIs (196), and these drugs should be used only in combination with the reverse transcriptase inhibitors. Specific observations. Protease inhibitor use is associated with fat redistribution, hyperlipidemia, hyperglycemia with insulin resistance, and probable increases in coronary artery disease with variable frequency (197-201). These changes may occur as isolated observations or they may occur together. Similar observations have been reported in HIV-infected patients not receiving PIs, but the incidence in persons receiving PI-containing HAART regimens appears to be increasing (202-204).

Amino Acid Solutions For The Treatment Of Acute Renal Failure Nephro Solutions

Glucose should be the principal energy substrate because it can be utilized by all organs, even under hypoxic conditions, and has the potential for nitrogen sparing. Since ARF impairs glucose tolerance, insulin is frequently necessary to maintain normoglycemia. Any hyperglycemia must be avoided because of the untoward associated side effects such as aggravation of tissue injury, glycation of proteins, activation of protein catabolism, among others 2 . When intake is increased above 5 g kg of body weight per day infused glucose will not be oxidized but will promote lipogenesis with fatty infiltration of the liver and excessive carbon dioxide production and hypercarbia. Often, energy requirements cannot be met by glucose infusion without adding large amounts of insulin, so a portion of the energy should be supplied by lipid emulsions 2 .

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Either leukocytes or platelets results in leakage of potassium from these cells. Familial pseudohyperkalemia is a rare condition of increased potassium efflux from red blood cells in vitro. Ischemia due to tight or prolonged tourniquet application or fist clenching increases serum potassium concentrations by as much as 1.0 to 1.6 mEq L. Hyperkalemia can also result from decreases in K movement into cells or increases in potassium movement from cells. Hyper-chloremic metabolic acidosis (in contrast to organic acid, anion-gap metabolic acidosis) causes potassium ions to flow out of cells. Hypertonic states induced by mannitol, hypertonic saline, or poor blood sugar control promote movement of water and potassium out of cells. Depolarizing muscle relaxants such as succinylcholine increase permeability of muscle cells and should be avoided by hyperkalemic patients. The mechanism of hyperkalemia with p-adrenergic blockade is illustrated in Figure 3-3. Digitalis impairs function of the...

Figure 622

Role of insulin deficiency and the counter-regulatory hormones, and their respective sites of action, in the pathogenesis of hyper-glycemia and ketosis in diabetic ketoacido-sis (DKA).A, Metabolic processes affected by insulin deficiency, on the one hand, and excess of glucagon, cortisol, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and growth hormone, on the other. B, The roles of the adipose tissue, liver, skeletal muscle, and kidney in the pathogenesis of hyperglycemia and ketone-mia. Impairment of glucose oxidation in most tissues and excessive hepatic production of glucose are the main determinants of hyperglycemia. Excessive counterregula-tion and the prevailing hypertonicity, metabolic acidosis, and electrolyte imbalance superimpose a state of insulin resistance. Prerenal azotemia caused by volume depletion can contribute significantly to severe hyperglycemia. Increased hepatic production of ketones and their reduced utilization by peripheral tissues account for the ketonemia typically...

Figure 623

Clinical features of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and nonketotic hyperglycemia (NKH). DKA and NKH are the most important acute metabolic complications of patients with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus. These disorders share the same overall pathogene-sis that includes insulin deficiency and resistance and excessive counterregulation however, the importance of each of these endocrine abnormalities differs significantly in DKA and NKH. As depicted here, pure NKH is characterized by profound hyper-glycemia, the result of mild insulin deficiency and severe coun-terregulation (eg, high glucagon levels). In contrast, pure DKA is characterized by profound ketosis that largely is due to severe insulin deficiency, with counterregulation being generally of lesser importance. These pure forms define a continuum that includes mixed forms incorporating clinical and biochemical features of both DKA and NKH. Dyspnea and Kussmaul's respiration result from the metabolic acidosis of DKA, which is...

Figure 624

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and nonketotic hyperglycemia (NKH) management. Administration of insulin is the cornerstone of management for both DKA and NKH. Replacement of the prevailing water, sodium, and potassium deficits is also required. Alkali are administered only under certain circumstances in DKA and virtually never in


Glucagonomas result in a migratory necrolytic erythema, weight loss, glucose intolerance, hypoamino-acidemia, and normochromic, normocytic ane-mia.23,24 Other less common features include thromboembolic phenomena, neuropsychiatry disturbances, diarrhea, and nonspecific abdominal pain. Glucagonomas occur in 3 of all patients with MEN type I. The age of onset is middle age or later. They typically occur in the tail of the pancreas. They are often large at presentation, 5 to 10 cm, and malignancy is common. Patients present with signs and symptoms of hyperglycemia, and usually diabetes mellitus precedes the diagnosis of glucagonoma. However, Cushing's syndrome is a far more common cause of hyperglycemia in MEN type I. The diagnosis is made by a glucagon level > 1,000 pg mL often in the presence of the characteristic skin rash.

Figure 1912

Absorption occurs form the dialysate in hemodialysis and hemodi-afiltration modalities and can result in hyperglycemia. Intermittent dialysis techniques are limited by time in their ability to allow unlimited nutritional support. (From Monson and Mehta 14 with permission.)


Diabetes22 is any metabolic disorder exhibiting chronic polyuria. There are at least five forms of diabetes diabetes mellitus type I and type II, gestational diabetes, renal diabetes, and diabetes insipidus. In most cases, the polyuria results from a high concentration of glucose in the renal tubule. Glucose opposes the osmotic reabsorption of water, so more water is passed in the urine (osmotic diuresis) and a person may become severely dehydrated. In diabetes mellitus and gestational diabetes, the high glucose concentration in the tubule is a result of hyperglycemia, a high concentration of glucose in the blood. About 1 to 3 of pregnant women experience gestational diabetes, in which pregnancy reduces the mother's insulin sensitivity, resulting in hyperglycemia and glycosuria. In renal diabetes, blood glucose level is not elevated, but there is a hereditary deficiency of glucose transporters in the PCT, which causes glucose to remain in the tubular fluid. Diabetes insipidus results...

Figure 1814

Glucose metabolism in acute renal failure (ARF) Peripheral insulin resistance. ARF is commonly associated with hyperglycemia. The major cause of elevated blood glucose concentrations is insulin resistance 31 . Plasma insulin concentration is elevated. Maximal insulin-stimulated glucose uptake by skeletal muscle is decreased by 50 , A, and muscular glycogen synthesis is impaired, B. However, insulin concentrations that cause half-maximal stimulation of glucose uptake are normal, pointing to a postreceptor defect rather

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic syndrome characterized by chronic hyperglycemia due to insulin deficiency, insulin resistance or both. Diabetes is a chronic illness that requires long-term continuing medical care and patient self-management education in order to reduce the risk of acute complications. Diabetic patients can have a reasonably normal lifestyle if they comply with the appropriate medical and educational guidelines aimed to maintain healthy blood glucose levels and reduce the likelihood and progression of adverse macrovascular complications, e.g., CAD, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease and microvascular complications, e.g., retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy.


Tacrolimus is a more potent calcineurin inhibitor than cyclosporine, which allows children treated with it to be less steroid dependent. Like cyclosporine, tacrolimus is primarily metabolized in the liver and appears to use similar degradative pathways mediated by the cytochrome P-450 system. Blood levels should be monitored with a goal range of 10 to 12 ng mL in the immediate posttransplantation period. Some of the side effects are anorexia, chronic GI symptoms, hypertension, tremors, hyperglycemia, chronic renal tubular damage, and the predisposition to posttransplantation lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD).


Suggest that the prevalence in middle-aged non-diabetics is as high as 10-15 . In a cross-sectional study of approximately 3500 Chinese subjects, the waist-to-hip ratio, systolic and diastolic pressure, serum triglyceride level, fasting plasma glucose, and homeostasis model assessment-insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) were all significantly increased in those subjects with microalbuminuria compared with normal subjects31. The prevalence of microalbuminuria was also significantly increased with an incremental rise in the number of components of the metabolic syndrome (p for trend < 0.001). However, the only independent predictors of microalbuminuria were hypertension and hyperglycemia (OR 2.15 and 1.64, respectively).

Figure 1514

Approach that balances aggressive immunosuppression against risks of infection. A diagnosis of rejection is dependent on biopsy of either the kidney or pancreas allograft in recipients of SPK transplantation or of the pancreas allograft in pancreas transplantation alone. Because of the double-edged sword of aggressive antirejection treatment, an episode of graft dysfunction should not be treated without biopsy-proven histopathologic evidence of immunologic graft injury. Ruling out infectious and anatomic causes of graft dysfunction with appropriate radiologic studies is equally important. Drachenberg and coworkers 15 and Nakhleh and Sutherland 16 have defined histologic criteria for grading pancreas allograft rejection that are practical from the standpoint of being able to prognosticate outcome and response to therapy. Serial histologic studies of pancreas rejection (as in this case) have shown that lymphocytic infiltrates initially involve the exocrine portion of the gland and that...

Initial Assessment

INR > 1.7 (PT > 15 if no INR available) with or without chronic oral anticoagulant use* Seizure at onset of stroke (This relative contraindication is intended to prevent treatment of patients with a deficit due to postictal ''Todd's'' paralysis or with seizure due to some other CNS lesion that precludes thrombolytic therapy. If rapid diagnosis of vascular occlusion can be made, treatment may be given.) Glucose < 50 or > 400 (This relative contraindication is intended to prevent treatment of patients with focal deficits due to hypo- or hyperglycemia. If the deficit persists after correction of the serum glucose, or if rapid diagnosis of vascular occlusion can be made, treatment may be given.)

Figure 126

Once the presence of renal failure is ascertained by elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN) or serum creati-nine value, the clinician must decide whether it is acute or chronic. When previous values are available for review, this judgment is made relatively easily. In the absence of such values, the factors depicted here may be helpful. Hemoglobin potentially undergoes nonenzymatic carbamylation of its terminal valine 8 . Thus, similar to the hemoglobin A1C value as an index of blood sugar control, the level of carbamylated hemoglobin is an indicator of the degree and duration of elevated BUN, but, this test is not yet widely available. The presence of small kidneys strongly suggests that renal failure is at least in part chronic. From a practical standpoint, because even chronic renal failure often is partially reversible, the clinician should assume and evaluate for the presence of acute reversible factors in all cases of acute renal failure.

Healthy eating

Healthy eating is the cornerstone of diabetic treatment, and control of the diet should always be the first treatment offered to Type 2 diabetic patients before drugs are considered. Eliminating sugar (sucrose and glucose) lowers blood glucose concentrations in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetic patients, and although recent dietary recommendations suggest that eating small amounts of sugar is of little consequence, this practice is not recommended. Artificial sweeteners can be used. Good dietary advice is essential to the proper care of diabetic patients ill considered advice can be very damaging or else it is ignored. I recall one patient who kept to the same sample menu for many years before she reported it to be rather boring. The diet needs to be tailored to the patient's age and weight, type of work, race, and religion. Recommendations for Type 2 diabetic patients Diets for overweight Type 2 diabetic patients should aim to eliminate all forms of sugar and restrict the total energy...


Pancreas Color

The pancreas is inferior to the stomach and has several digestive functions. These exocrine secretions are initiated by the acinar cells. The endocrine function of the pancreas consists of the secretion of insulin, glucagon, and somatostatin from the pancreatic islets. These islets are microscopic collections of cells that have specialized cells for the secretion of hormones. Insulin lowers blood glucose levels while glucagon does the reverse. Somatostatin moderates some of the pancreatic cells that have a role in digestion. Label and color in the pancreas and make the pancreatic islets lighter than the acinar cells of the pancreas.

Hormone Interactions

Antagonistic effects, in which one hormone opposes the action of another. For example, insulin lowers blood glucose level and glucagon raises it. During pregnancy, estrogen from the placenta inhibits the mammary glands from responding to prolactin thus milk is not secreted until the placenta is shed at birth.

Adrenal Disorders

Cushing26 syndrome is excess cortisol secretion owing to any of several causes ACTH hypersecretion by the pituitary, ACTH-secreting tumors, or hyperactivity of the adrenal cortex independently of ACTH. Cushing syndrome disrupts carbohydrate and protein metabolism, leading to hyperglycemia, hypertension, muscular weakness, and edema. Muscle and bone mass are lost rapidly as protein is catabolized. Some patients exhibit abnormal fat deposition between the shoulders (buffalo hump) or in the face (moon face) (fig. 17.26). Long-term hydrocortisone therapy can have similar effects.

Glucose Management

Between 20 and 50 of acute stroke patients are hyperglycemic at presenta-tion.137 The degree of hyperglycemia correlates with both mortality and functional outcome, even despite successful recanalization after thrombolysis. In experimental models of cerebral ischemia, hyperglycemia is shown to exacerbate ischemic neuronal injury through a variety of mechanisms. Hyperglycemia amplifies extracellular glutamate accumulation, especially in the cortex,140 impairs lipid metabolism,141 reduces perfusion to the penumbra, promotes calcium influx through NMDA receptors, cytotoxic edema, oxidative stress, and free-radical production, and increases inflammation including expression of metalloproteinases (MMPs).142 The Glucose Insulin in Stroke Trial suggests that administration of glucose, insulin, and potassium during the first 24 hours after stroke onset is safe this pilot study was underpowered to determine efficacy.143 Three studies addressing aggressive insulin therapy for euglycemia, the...

Glucose metabolism

Abnormalities in glucose tolerance are commonly noted in individuals with central obesity. As outlined in Chapter 1, it is now well accepted that the presence of insulin resistance in an individual will need to be compensated for by hyperinsulinemia in order to maintain normal glucose tolerance. In those individuals who develop diabetes, a progressive loss of the insulin secretory capacity fails to compensate for the insulin resistance and results in a progressive hyper-glycemia (see Chapter 1). Thus, an individual with obesity and insulin resistance, depending on the stage of compensation for the insulin resistance, may have euglycemia, impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance, or overt hyperglycemia confirming the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.


Intraoperative glucose monitoring with a rapid glucose assay can reassure the surgeon and add a measure of safety by detecting hypoglycemia. A baseline glucose level is obtained soon after induction of anesthesia and at 15- to 20-minute intervals until the insulinoma tumor is removed. Following removal, a rise in serum glucose is indicative of a successful operation. It is common for patients to have mild hyperglycemia for the first 2 to 3 postoperative days, but normal glucose metabolism then returns.

PPARay dual agonists

As clinical evidence suggests both hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia (e.g. atherosclerosis) contribute to morbidity, single entity PPARa g dual agonists may confer broad benefits in the diabetic population. Indeed, concomitant therapy using rosi-glitazone and fenofibrate yielded complementary effects on glycemic and lipid parameters with few adverse events 53 . While preclinical evaluation of PPARa g dual agonists is confounded by PPARa-mediated reductions of hyperglycemia or hyperinsulinemia in rodent efficacy models 32,54,55 or PPARg contributions to lipid lowering in dyslipidemia models 56 , engagement of isoform-specific gene changes is readily monitored. Also, PPARa agonists reduce body weight gain in rodents (in stark contrast to PPARg agonist effects), so while in principle PPARa g dual agonists could alleviate weight gain effects, clinical data to date indicates no such benefit exists. Additional ligands include TZD18 (21), which potently activated PPARa and g genes in vivo and...

Figure 913

Side effects of immunosuppressive agents. A, The major side effects of several immunosuppressive agents. The major complication of pulse steroids is increased susceptibility to infection. Other potential problems include acute hyperglycemia, hypertension, peptic ulcer disease, and psychiatric disturbances including euphoria and depression. B, Vasoconstriction of the afferent arteriole (AA) caused by cyclosporine. (From English et al. 22 with permission.)