INTRODUCTION: High spontaneous activity of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) results in more pronounced cognitive impairment and more prolonged QTc interval during hypoglycaemia in type 1 diabetes. We tested whether angiotensin II receptor blockade improves cerebral and cardiovascular function during hypoglycaemia. METHODS: Nine patients with type 1 diabetes and high spontaneous RAS activity were included in a double-blind, randomised, cross-over study on the effect of angiotensin II receptor antagonist (candesartan 32 mg) or placebo for one week on cognitive function, cardiovascular parameters, hormonal counter-regulatory response, substrate mobilisation, and symptoms during hypoglycaemia induced by two hyperinsulinaemic, hypoglycaemic clamps. RESULTS: Compared to placebo, candesartan did neither change performance of the cognitive tests nor the EEG at a plasma glucose concentration of 2.6±0.2 mmol/l. During candesartan treatment, the QT interval in the ECG was not affected. No effect of candesartan was observed in the hormonal counter-regulatory responses, in substrate concentrations, or in symptom scores. A 36% reduced glucose infusion rate during hypoglycaemia with candesartan was observed. CONCLUSION: In conclusion candesartan has no effect on cerebral function during mild experimental hypoglycaemia in subjects with type 1 diabetes and high RAS activity. Candesartan may reduce glucose utilisation or increase endogenous glucose production during hypoglycaemia.
Journal of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System, 2015, Vol 16, Issue 4, p. 1036-1045
Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't