Aims: Postprandial triglyceridaemia is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). This study investigated the effects of steady-state liraglutide 1.8 mg versus placebo on postprandial plasma lipid concentrations after 3 weeks of treatment in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).
Methods: In a cross-over trial, patients with T2DM (n = 20, 18-75 years, BMI 18.5-40 kg/m²) were randomized to once-daily subcutaneous liraglutide (weekly dose escalation from 0.6 to 1.8 mg) and placebo. After each 3-week period, a standardized fat-rich meal was provided, and the effects of liraglutide on triglyceride (primary endpoint AUC(0-8h)), apolipoprotein B48, non-esterified fatty acids, glycaemic responses and gastric emptying were assessed. ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT00993304.
Funding: Novo Nordisk A/S.
Results: After 3 weeks, mean postprandial triglyceride (AUC(0-8h) liraglutide/placebo treatment-ratio 0.72, 95% CI [0.62-0.83], p = 0.0004) and apolipoprotein B48 (AUC(0-8h) ratio 0.65 [0.58-0.73], p < 0.0001) significantly decreased with liraglutide 1.8 mg versus placebo, as did iAUC(0-8h) and C(max) (p < 0.001). No significant treatment differences were observed for non-esterified fatty acids. Mean postprandial glucose and glucagon AUC(0-8h) and C(max) were significantly reduced with liraglutide versus placebo. Postprandial gastric emptying rate [assessed by paracetamol absorption (liquid phase) and the ¹³C-octanoate breath test (solid phase)] displayed no treatment differences. Mean low-density lipoprotein and total cholesterol decreased significantly with liraglutide versus placebo.
Conclusions: Liraglutide treatment in patients with T2DM significantly reduced postprandial excursions of triglyceride and apolipoprotein B48 after a fat-rich meal, independently of gastric emptying. Results indicate liraglutide's potential to reduce CVD risk via improvement of postprandial lipaemia.
Keywords: GLP-1 analogue; antidiabetic drug; lipid-lowering therapy; phase I-II study; randomized trial; type II diabetes.
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