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      Does Bromocriptine Improve Glycemic Control of Obese Type-2 Diabetics?

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          Background: Various oral hypoglycemic agents have already been administered to type-2 diabetic patients to normalize their plasma glucose concentrations but they have not had complete and sustained success. In recent years, bromocriptine has been tried with controversial results. In present study, the effect of bromocriptine on glycemic control was evaluated in obese type-2 diabetic patients. Methods: In a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial, 40 obese patients with type-2 diabetes (aged 32–70 years) were randomly allocated to the two treatment groups. The first group received bromocriptine (2.5 mg daily) for a total of 3 months. The second group received placebo. They had been uncontrolled on fixed doses of glibenclamide or its combination with metformin in the 3 months before enrolling in the study. The fasting plasma glucose (FPG) level and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA<sub>1</sub>) were measured and body mass index (BMI) was calculated before and 1, 2 and 3 months after treatment. Results: The FPG level decreased in the bromocriptine-treated group from 10.59 ± 0.42 to 9.06 ± 0.41 mmol/l (mean ± SEM; p < 0.01), whereas in the placebo group it was not changed, 10.69 ± 0.52 and 10.6 ± 0.57 mmol/l, respectively. The HbA<sub>1</sub> concentration was reduced in the bromocriptine-treated group from 9.9 ± 0.3 to 9.5 ±0.2% (p = 0.06), whereas it increased in the placebo-treated group from 10.2 ± 0.3 to 11.3 ± 0.6% (p < 0.05). The differences in HbA<sub>1</sub> (1.8%, p < 0.01) and FPG (1.55 mmol/l, p < 0.05) levels between the bromocriptine and placebo groups at 3 months were significant. No changes in body weight or BMI occurred during the study in either placebo- or bromocriptine-treated group. Conclusion: The data further support the contention that bromocriptine improves glycemic control in obese type-2 diabetic patients, although the mechanism of action remains to be determined.

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          Bromocriptine inhibits in vivo free fatty acid oxidation and hepatic glucose output in seasonally obese hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus).

          Seasonally obese hyperinsulinemic hamsters were treated for 5 weeks with bromocriptine (500 to 600 micrograms per animal) and tested for drug effects on energy balance, body fat stores, nocturnal whole-body free fatty acid (FFA) metabolism and hepatic glucose output, and diurnal glucose tolerance. After 5 weeks, bromocriptine treatment reduced retroperitoneal fat pad weight by 45% without altering either daily food consumption or end-treatment total daily energy expenditure. Also, 5 weeks of treatment improved the diurnal glucose tolerance, resulting in a 47% and 33% decrease in the area under glucose and insulin curves, respectively. After 4 weeks, bromocriptine treatment reduced nocturnal lipolysis by 28%, palmitate rate of appearance into plasma by 30%, palmitate oxidation by 33%, and hepatic glucose output by 28%. Moreover, these reductions were accompanied by a 75% reduction in plasma insulin concentration. The data suggest that bromocriptine may improve diurnal glucose tolerance in part by inhibiting the preceding nocturnal lipolysis and FFA oxidation. Reductions in nocturnal FFA oxidation and hepatic glucose production may result from bromocriptine's influences on circadian organization of hypothalamic centers known to regulate these activities. Available evidence suggests that bromocriptine may impact this neuroendocrine organization of metabolism by increasing the dopamine to noradrenaline activity ratio in central (hypothalamic) and peripheral (eg, liver and adipose) target tissues.

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            Horm Res Paediatr
            Hormone Research in Paediatrics
            S. Karger AG
            September 2004
            13 September 2004
            : 62
            : 2
            : 55-59
            Isfahan Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Isfahan, Iran
            78932 Horm Res 2004;62:55–59
            © 2004 S. Karger AG, Basel

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