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Association Between 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Epicardial Adipose Tissue in Chinese Non-Obese Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Xiong Chen, Wenjun Wu, Luyin Wang, Yujuan Shi, Feixia Shen, Xuemei Gu, Zhijun Jia

Department of Endocrinology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China (mainland)

Med Sci Monit 2017; 23:4304-4311

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.904755

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Published: 2017-09-06


BACKGROUND: Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is recognized as a useful indicator for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and obesity. However, studies on the association between vitamin D status and EAT thickness in type 2 diabetes (T2D) are limited. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the association of vitamin D (Calcifediol) status and EAT thickness (EATT) in Chinese non-obese patients with T2D.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed among 167 non-obese T2D Chinese patients and 82 non-diabetic patients, who are age- and gender-matched during the winter months. EATT was evaluated by two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography. Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D, Calcifediol] was examined in the diabetic patients and in the control group.
RESULTS: The concentration of 25(OH)D was 32.00 nmol/l (19.30–53.70 nmol/l) among diabetic patients. Most (93.4%) of the diabetic patients had hypovitaminosis D. We confirmed a clear negative association between 25(OH)D level and EATT in non-obese T2D patients (p=0.01). EATT was significantly correlated with 25(OH)D level (p=0.001) and HOMA-IR (p=0.001). Results of multivariate logistic regression analysis demonstrated increased EATT, which was remarkably associated with 25(OH)D levels (p=0.039), systolic blood pressure (SBP) (p=0.013), HOMA-IR (p=0.030), and waist circumference (p<0.001) in T2D patients after adjusting for the confounding factors.
CONCLUSIONS: Increased EATT was found in Chinese T2D patients with normal BMI. 25(OH)D and HOMA-IR were independently associated with increased EATT after adjusting for multiple confounders.

Keywords: Adipose Tissue, Calcifediol, Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2



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