Prof. and H.O.U.,
Assoc. Prof.,
P.G. Resident,
Prof. and H.O.D.,
Dept. of Medicine, Dr. D.Y. Patil
Medical College and Hospital,
Pimpri , Pune
Received: 24.12.2012;
Revised: 05.03.2013;
Accepted; 06.03.2013
his is with reference to the original
article published as “Endothelium-
dependant brachial artery flow-mediated
vasodilatation in patient with diabetes
mellitus with and without coronary
artery disease” by K Bhargava et al,
important information on the subject
of endothelial dysfunction in the north
Indian population. May I add some
additional details in it. We conducted
a study on endothel i al dysfuncti on
in diabetes mellitus on a group of 50
consecutive patients of diabetes mellitus
and cor related them with the severity,
duration and HbA1C levels.
We found a significant inverse relation
bet ween durat i on and endot hel i al
dysfunction in diabetes mellitus which
was al so observed by Johnstone et
We also found that there was an
inverse relation between HbA1C and
endothel i al dysfuncti on whi ch was
also observed by Furomoto et al.
our st udy, 5 pat i ent s had di abet i c
retinopathy, 7 had non-proliferative
diabetic retinopathy and 38 had normal
fundoscopic picture. FMD values were
less in patients with diabetic retinopathy
(91.8 ± 15.01) compared to those in whom
there was non proliferative diabetic
retinopathy (94.71 ± 10.56) which was
also less than in patients with normal
fundoscopic picture (106.54 ± 13.80).
The probability value was less than 0.05
which shows that there was statistical
significance. Sogawa et al
in their study
of 74 patients proved that there was a
significant inverse relationship between
diabetic retinopathy and flow mediated
I n our st udy, 18 pat i ent s had
albuminuria and 32 patients had no
Study of Endothelial Dysfunction in Diabetes
Mellitus by Doppler Flow Mediated Dilatation of
Brachial Artery
Prasanna Kumar Satpathy
, Pradnya Mukund Diggikar
, Preeti Birasaheb Rupnar
Arjun Lal Kakrani
, Harmandeep Chahal
al bumi nuri a. There was a marked
decrease in flow mediated dilatation
in patients in whom albuminuria was
present (95 ± 14. 2) than i n those i n
whom it was absent (108.1 ± 12.4). The
probability value was less than 0.003
which was highly significant. Steuhover
et al
in their HOORN study showed that
there was an inverse relationship between
microalbuminuria and flow mediated
dilatation which was significant. Also,
i t was found that FMD val ues were
less in diabetic patients (93.23 ± 6.68),
compared to patients with impaired
glucose values (108.64 ± 5.30) which was
less as compared to patients with normal
gl ucose val ues ( 124. 09 ± 8. 95) . The
probability value was < 0.0001 which is
highly significant. Kawano et al
in their
study showed that there was a significant
correl ati on between pl asma gl ucose
levels and flow mediated dilatation.
Ravikumar et al
have compared the
FMD and Augmentation Index (AI) in
diabetic and non-diabetic subjects and
correlated these measurements with
the carotid IMT in the CUPS-9 study.

FMD values were significantly lower
among diabetic subjects compared with
non-diabetic subjects (2.1 ± 2.95% vs
6.64 ± 4.38%, p < 0.0001). At any given
age, di abet i c subj ect s i n t he st udy
had significantly higher AI and lower
FMD values compared to non-diabetic
subj ects. Chugh et al
evaluated the
effect of glycaemia on FMD endothelial
function in type 2 diabetic patients have
reported significant improvements in
endothelial function after 12 weeks of
treatment during which there was a
concomitant significant improvement in
glycaemic control in them. Regardless
of whether these patients started with
a low or very low FMD in those with
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fair or poor glycaemic control, the FMD values
reached close to those observed in the control group
once excellent glycaemic control was achieved in
them. These results point to a significant reversible
component of endot hel i al dysf unct i on t hat i s
amenable to good glycaemic control at least in those
diabetic subjects who did not already have evidence
of clinical vascular disease such as hypertension,
or other macroangiopathy. Earlier studies have not
reported effects of glycaemic control in improving
endothelial function in diabetes and if confirmed
in a larger subset of diabetic patients the results of
the present study would provide all physicians yet
another reason to strive for achieving strict glycaemic
control in diabetic patients.
To concl ude, f l ow medi at ed di l at at i on was
inversely related to diabetic neuropathy, diabetic
retinopathy,diabetic nephropathy and blood sugar
values, HbA1C and duration of diabetes mellitus.
However,the sample size should be sufficiently large
and should include multicentric studies to arrive at a
definite conclusion.
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with diabetes mellitus with and without coronary artery disease.
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