The objective of this study was to examine the effect of renal sodium-glucose cotransporter inhibition with empagliflozin on the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) concentration and β-Cell function in subjects with impaired fasting glucose (IFG). Eight subjects with normal fasting glucose (NFG) and eight subjects with IFG received empagliflozin (25 mg/day) for 2 weeks. FPG concentration and β-Cell function was measured with a nine-step hyperglycemic clamp before and 48 h and 14 days after the start of empagliflozin. Empagliflozin caused 50 6 4 and 45 6 4 g glucosuria on day 2 in subjects with IFG and NFG, respectively, and the glucosuria was maintained for 2 weeks in both groups. The FPG concentration decreased only in subjects with IFG from 110 6 2 to 103 6 3 mg/dL (P < 0.01) after 14 days. The FPG concentration remained unchanged (95 6 2 to 94 6 2 mg/dL) in subjects with NFG. Empagliflozin enhanced β-Cell function only in subjects with IFG. The incremental area under the plasma C-peptide concentration curve during the hyperglycemic clamp increased by 22 6 4 and 23 6 4% after 48 h and 14 days, respectively (P < 0.01); the plasma C-peptide response remained unchanged in subjects with NFG. Insulin sensitivity during the hyperglycemic clamp was not affected by empagliflozin in either IFG or NFG. Thus, b-cell function measured with the insulin secretion/insulin sensitivity (disposition) index increased significantly in IFG, but not in subjects with normal glucose tolerance. Inhibition of renal sodium-glucose cotransport with empagliflozin in subjects with IFG and NFG produces comparable glucosuria but lowers the plasma glucose concentration and improves β-Cell function only in subjects with IFG.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Internal Medicine
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism