Low-dose spironolactone reduces plasma fibulin-1 levels in patients with type 2 diabetes and resistant hypertension

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Abstract

Diabetic patients with hypertension are at particularly high risk of vascular damage and consequently cardiovascular and renal disease. Fibulin-1, an extracellular matrix glycoprotein, is increased in arterial tissue and plasma from individuals with type 2 diabetes. This study aimed to evaluate whether antihypertensive treatment with spironolactone changes plasma fibulin-1 levels. In a multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, 119 patients with type 2 diabetes and resistant hypertension were included. A dose of spironolactone 25 mg or matching placebo was added to previous treatment at randomization. Blood pressure (BP) and plasma fibulin-1 were measured at baseline and at 16 weeks follow-up. Overall, 112 patients completed the study. All measures of BP were reduced in the spironolactone group at follow-up. Plasma fibulin-1 was significantly reduced after spironolactone treatment (P=0.009), but increased after placebo (P=0.017). Baseline plasma fibulin-1 correlated with BP and estimated glomerular filtration rate. Increased levels of plasma fibulin-1 (P=0.004) were observed in diabetic participants reporting erectile dysfunction as compared with participants who did not. Treatment with low-dose spironolactone reduced plasma fibulin-1 levels in patients with type 2 diabetes and resistant hypertension. This supports the hypothesis that the antihypertensive effect of the mineralocorticoid receptor blocker in part may be due to regression of vascular remodeling.

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