Lipid and lipoprotein patterns in type 2 non-obese diabetic patients. Do Lp(a) levels decrease with improved glycemic control in these patients?

Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2000 Aug;10(4):204-8.


Background and aim: In this study, we investigated the levels of apolipopotein-AI (apo-AI), apolipoprotein (apo-B), triglyceride (TG), high-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C), total cholesterol, lipoprotein(a) in a group of non-obese, type 2 diabetes mellitus patients with different types of treatment and a control group of non-obese, non-diabetic subjects.

Methods and results: Patients were divided into three groups according to their treatment types: insulin, sulphonylurea and untreated groups. All groups were similar in sex, weights, known duration of diabetes and habits. Each group consisted of 30 subjects. There were no differences in apo-AI, apo-B and TG levels (p > 0.05), whereas HDL-C levels in the untreated group were significantly lower than those of the other groups (p < 0.05). Lp(a) levels in the untreated group were higher than in the other (p < 0.05).

Conclusions: Gaining metabolic control in diabetes mellitus is crucial in pulling back lipid, lipoprotein and apolipoprotein levels to a desired level and in attenuating CAD (coronary artery disease) risk factors, and also in preventing CAD. Lp(a) levels in particular are decreased by insulin or sulfonylurea in non-obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Apolipoprotein A-I / blood
  • Apolipoproteins B / blood
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Cholesterol, HDL / blood
  • Cholesterol, LDL / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / drug therapy
  • Female
  • Gliclazide / therapeutic use
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / analysis
  • Humans
  • Insulin / therapeutic use
  • Lipids / blood*
  • Lipoprotein(a) / blood*
  • Lipoproteins / blood*
  • Male
  • Reference Values
  • Sulfonylurea Compounds / therapeutic use
  • Triglycerides / blood


  • Apolipoprotein A-I
  • Apolipoproteins B
  • Blood Glucose
  • Cholesterol, HDL
  • Cholesterol, LDL
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • Insulin
  • Lipids
  • Lipoprotein(a)
  • Lipoproteins
  • Sulfonylurea Compounds
  • Triglycerides
  • Cholesterol
  • Gliclazide