Recently, sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors is expected its hematopoietic effect for treatment of the anemia in chronic renal failure. However, it is still unclear whether the effect is independent from its antidiabetic effect. In this study, we investigated correlations between hematocrit elevation, HbA1c reduction or parameters reflecting diuretic change in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D). A total of 46 patients (male: n = 33, age: 54.6 ± 10.4 [mean ± SD] years, BMI: 29.2 ± 4.3 kg/m2, HbA1c: 8.7 ± 1.0%) with T2D who were newly administered SGLT2 inhibitors from July 2014 to November 2016 were retrospectively identified. The patients with HbA1c less than 7.0% at the baseline or who showed decrease in hematocrit or increase in HbA1c were excluded. Changes in HbA1c, hematocrit, urine specific gravity, uric acid, serum creatinine and plasma osmolarity levels between before and 30 days after the administration of the drugs were evaluated. Plasma osmolarity was calculated by the formula (2 x (Na [mEq/l] + K [mEq/l])) + (BUN [mg/dl]/2.8) + (glucose [mg/dl]/18). HbA1c was decreased (-0.68 ± 0.50%; p = 0.001) and hematocrit (2.1 ± 1.4%; p = 0.002) and urine specific gravity (0.008 ± 0.009 g/ml; p < 0.001) were increased significantly. However, uric acid, serum creatinine and plasma osmolarity did not show change. Changes in HbA1c and plasma osmolarity showed significant correlation (r = -0.31; p = 0.03) whereas changes in hematocrit and plasma osmolarity did not (r = -0.01; p = 0.94). HbA1c showed no significant correlation with hematocrit, serum creatinine, uric acid or urine specific gravity; hematocrit also did not have significant correlation with serum creatinine, uric acid or urine specific gravity.

In conclusion, our data suggest that the elevation of hematocrit and decrease in HbA1c after the administration of SGLT2 inhibitors have different relation with parameters reflecting diuretic effects.


Y. Wada: None. Y. Hamamoto: Speaker’s Bureau; Self; Novo Nordisk A/S. Y. Nakatani: None. J. Fujikawa: None. Y. Iwasaki: None. S. Yoshiji: None. M. Aizawa-Abe: None. K. Iwasaki: None. S. Honjo: None. A. Hamasaki: None.

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