Postprandial hyperglycemia due to paradoxical hyperglucagonemia is a major challenge of diabetes treatment despite the use of the artificial pancreas. We postulated that adjunctive therapy with pramlintide or exenatide would attenuate hyperglycemia in the postprandial phase through glucagon suppression, thereby optimizing the functioning of the closed-loop (CL) system. Subjects with type 1 diabetes (T1DM) on insulin pump therapy were recruited to participate in a 27-hour hospitalized admission on 3 occasions (2-4 weeks apart) and placed on the insulin delivery via CL system in random order to receive (1) insulin alone (control), (2) exenatide 2.5 µg + insulin, (3) pramlintide 30 µg + insulin. Medications were given prior to lunch and dinner, which was a standardized meal of 60 grams of carbohydrates. Insulin delivery was as per the ePID algorithm via the Medtronic CL system and continuous subcutaneous glucose monitoring via Medtronic Sof-sensors. Ten subjects age 23 ± 1 years with a HbA1c of 7.29 ± 0.3% (56 ± 1 mmol/mol) and duration of T1DM 10.6 ± 2.0 years participated in the 3-part study. Exenatide was found to be significantly better in attenuating postprandial hyperglycemia as compared to insulin monotherapy (P < .03) and pramlintide (P > .05). Glucagon suppression was statistically significant with exenatide (P < .03) as compared to pramlintide. Insulin requirements were lower with adjunctive therapy, but statistically insignificant. Insulin monotherapy results in postprandial hyperglycemia in T1DM in the CL setting and adjunctive therapy with exenatide reduces postprandial hyperglycemia effectively and should be considered as adjunctive therapy in T1DM.
Keywords: artificial pancreas; closed loop; ePID algorithm; exenatide; pramlintide; type 1 diabetes.
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