Alpha-Lipoic Acid Improves Subclinical Left Ventricular Dysfunction in Asymptomatic Patients with Type 1 Diabetes

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The Review of Diabetic Studies,2013,10,1,58-67.
Published:May 2013
Type:Original Article
Author(s) affiliations:

Sahar K. Hegazy1, Osama A. Tolba2, Tarek M. Mostafa1, Manal A. Eid3, and Dalia R. El-Afify1

1Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Tanta University, EGYPT.

2Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, EGYPT .

3Department of Clinical Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, EGYPT. 


Background: Oxidative stress plays an important role in the development of diabetic cardiomyopathy. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant that may have a protective role in diabetic cardiac dysfunction. Aim: We investigated the possible beneficial effect of alpha-lipoic acid on diabetic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in children and adolescents with asymptomatic type 1 diabetes (T1D). Subjects and Methods: Thirty T1D patients (aged 10-14) were randomized to receive insulin treatment (n = 15) or insulin plus alpha-lipoic acid 300 mg twice daily (n = 15) for four months. Age and sex matched healthy controls (n = 15) were also included. Patients were evaluated with conventional 2-dimensional echocardiographic examination (2D), pulsed tissue Doppler (PTD), and 2-dimensional longitudinal strain echocardiography (2DS) before and after therapy. Glutathione, malondialdhyde (MDA), nitric oxide (NO), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), Fas ligand (Fas-L), matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2), and troponin-I were determined and correlated to echocardiographic parameters. Results: Diabetic patients had significantly lower levels of glutathione and significantly higher MDA, NO, TNF-alpha, Fas-L, MMP-2, and troponin-I levels than control subjects. The expression of transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) mRNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells was also increased in diabetic patients. Significant correlations of mitral e'/a' ratio and left ventricular global peak systolic strain with glutathione, MDA, NO, TNF-alpha, and Fas- L were observed in diabetic patients. Alpha-lipoic acid significantly increased glutathione level and significantly decreased MDA, NO, TNF-alpha, Fas-L, MMP-2, troponin-I levels, and TGF-beta gene expression. Moreover, alphalipoic acid significantly increased mitral e’/a’ ratio and left ventricular global peak systolic strain in diabetic patients. Conclusion: These findings suggest that alpha-lipoic acid may have a role in preventing the development of diabetic cardiomyopathy in type 1 diabetes.