Aim: Administration of fixed-dose combination of Insulin Degludec and Liraglutide (IDegLira) has been associated with changes in the lipid-profile of diabetic patients. We assessed the effect of IDegLira on serum apolipoproteins, apoB-containing lipoprotein subclasses and HDL lipidome in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

Methods: Sixty uncontrolled patients with T2DM on oral antidiabetic drugs were included. Of them, thirty received IDegLira and the remaining Insulin Degludec(IDeg). Lipid and carbohydrate metabolism parameters were assessed before and following 3-month-treatment. ApoB-containing lipoprotein subclasses levels were measured by LDL-Lipoprint method, whereas HDL lipidomic analysis via 1H-NMR spectroscopy.

Results: Administration of IDegLira resulted in a significant reduction of total (TC) and LDL cholesterol (LDLC) by 14.68mg/dl and 10.45mg/dl, respectively. ApoA1 and apoB decreased in patients treated with IDegLira. A non-significant change in small-dense LDLC (sdLDL-C) levels was observed that was significantly correlated with changes in TG levels (r=0.468, p=0.007). Furthermore, IDegLira administration resulted in significant enrichment of HDL particles’ core in esterified cholesterol and depletion of TGs content. IDegLira induced an atheroprotective shift in fatty acid pattern of HDLs characterized by a statistically significant lower content in saturated and higher in unsaturated fatty acids (linoleic acid, eicosapentaenoic and arachidonic acids and docosahexaenoic acid). No significant changes were observed in the IDeg group.

Conclusions: Administration of IDegLira is accompanied by changes in HDL lipdome, a decrease in TC, LDLC, apoA1 and B, while the levels of sdLDL were only reduced in patients experiencing a decrease in TGs. The contribution of these changes to cardiovascular risk reduction after treatment with liraglutide in clinical trials cannot be excluded.


E. Pappa: None. C. Kostara: None. C. Tellis: None. A.D. Tselepis: None. E. Bairaktari: None. V. Tsimihodimos: None.

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