NH2-Terminal Probrain Natriuretic Peptide Is Associated With Diabetes Complications in the EURODIAB Prospective Complications Study

Gabriella Gruden*, Federica Barutta, Nish Chaturvedi, Casper Schalkwijk, Coen D. Stehouwer, Silvia Pinach, Maria Manzo, Maria Loiacono, Marinella Tricarico, Giulio Mengozzi, Daniel R. Witte, John H. Fuller, Paolo Cavallo Perin, Graziella Bruno

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OBJECTIVE-Circulating levels of NH2-terminal probrain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), a marker of acute heart failure, are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the general population. However, there is little information on the potential role of NT-proBNP as a biomarker of vascular complications in type 1 diabetic patients. We investigated whether serum NT-proBNP levels were associated with micro- and macrovascular disease in type 1 diabetic subjects. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS-A cross-sectional nested case-control study from the EURODIAB Prospective Complications Study of 507 type 1 diabetic patients was performed. Case subjects (n = 345) were defined as those with one or more complications of diabetes; control subjects (n = 162) were those with no evidence of any complication. We measured NT-proBNP levels by a two-site sandwich electrochemiluminescence immunoassay and investigated their associations with complications. RESULTS-Mean NT-proBNP levels were significantly higher in case than in control subjects. In logistic regression analyses, NT-proBNP values >26.46 pg/mL were independently associated with a 2.56-fold increased risk of all complications. Odds ratios of CVD (3.95 [95% CI 1.26-12.35]), nephropathy (4.38 [1.30-14.76]), and distal symmetrical polyneuropathy (4.32 [1.41-13.23]) were significantly increased in patients with NT-proBNP values in the highest quartile (>84.71 pg/mL), independently of renal function and known risk factors. These associations were no longer significant after inclusion of TNF-alpha into the model. CONCLUSIONS-In this large cohort of type 1 diabetic subjects, we found an association between NT-proBNP and diabetic micro- and macrovascular complications. Our results suggest that the inflammatory cytokine TNF-alpha may be involved in this association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1931-1936
JournalDiabetes Care
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012

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