Relationship between gastric emptying and diurnal glycemic control in type 1 diabetes mellitus: A randomized trial

Gopanandan Parthasarathy, Yogish C. Kudva, Phillip A. Low, Michael Camilleri, Ananda Basu, Adil E. Bharucha

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Context: In type 1 diabetes (T1D), delayed gastric emptying (GE) may predispose to a mismatch between insulin delivery and glucose absorption. Previous studies evaluated, only partly, the relationship between delayed GE and postprandial, but not diurnal, glycemia. Objective: To assess the relationship between GE disturbances and glycemic control in T1D and the effects of accelerating GE on glycemic control. Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a randomized placebo-controlled trial in 30 patients with T1D on an insulin pump at an academic medical center. Intervention(s): GE was evaluated with a [13C]-Spirulina breath test at baseline (GEbaseline), during intravenous saline or erythromycin (2 or 3 mg/kg; GEiv), and after 7 days of oral erythromycin or placebo (GEoral). Weighed meals were provided throughout the study. Main Outcome Measure(s): These were GE and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). Results: The baseline glycosylated hemoglobin was 7.6% ± 0.8% (60 ± 8.7 mmol/mol); 12 patients (40%) had delayed GE; faster GE was associated with a greater postprandial CGM-based glucose, but slower GE was not associated with postprandial hypoglycemia (,70 mg/dL). Intravenous (3 mg/kg) but not oral erythromycin accelerated GE. The relationship between GE and glycemia differed between the postprandial periods and the entire day. After adjusting for carbohydrate intake and insulin consumption, faster GE was associated with more hyperglycemia during the postprandial period but lower glucose values across the entire study. Conclusions: In T1D, pharmacologically mediated acceleration of GE increases postprandial CGM based glucose. In contrast, delayed GE is associated with greater CGM-based glucose values over the entire day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-406
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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