Long-term renoprotection by perindopril or nifedipine in non-hypertensive patients with Type 2 diabetes and microalbuminuria

G Jerums, T J Allen, D J Campbell, M E Cooper, R E Gilbert, J J Hammond, R C O'Brien, J Raffaele, C Tsalamandris
Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association 2004, 21 (11): 1192-9

AIMS: To assess the efficacy of an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor (perindopril), a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker (sustained release nifedipine) and placebo in preventing the progression of albuminuria and decline in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in patients with Type 2 diabetes and microalbuminaria.

METHODS: A prospective, randomized, open, blinded end point study of 77 patients allocated to three treatment groups (23 perindopril, 27 nifedipine, 27 placebo). Drug doses were adjusted to achieve a decrease in diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of 5 mmHg in the first 3 months and additional therapy was given if hypertension developed (supine DBP > 90 mmHg and/or systolic blood pressure (SBP) > 140 mmHg if < or = 40 years; supine DBP > 90 mmHg and/or SBP > 160 mmHg if > 40 years). Median follow-up was 66 months, with 37 patients being followed for at least 6 years.

RESULTS: Blood pressure remained within the non-hypertensive range in 83% of perindopril-, 95% of nifedipine- and 30% of placebo-treated patients (P < 0.01). In the first 12 months albumin excretion rate (AER) decreased by 47% only in the perindopril group (P = 0.04). From 12 to 72 months, AER gradients increased by 27% per year only in the placebo group (P < 0.01). After 6 years, macroalbuminuria had developed in 7/15 placebo compared with 2/11 in perindopril and 1/11 nifedipine-treated patients (P = 0.05). GFR did not change in the first 12 months, but thereafter the median GFR gradient (ml/min/1.73 m(2) per year) was -2.4 (P < 0.01) for perindopril-, -1.3 (P = 0.26) for nifedipine- and -4.2 (P = 0.01) for placebo-treated patients. The rate of decline in GFR for the study group as a whole from 12 months to the end of follow-up correlated negatively with mean arterial pressure (MAP) (r = -0.38, P < 0.01). During a 3-month treatment pause in 29 patients AER tended to increase only in the perindopril group (P < 0.07).

CONCLUSIONS: Long-term control of blood pressure with perindopril or nifedipine stabilizes AER and attenuates GFR decline in proportion to MAP in non-hypertensive patients with Type 2 diabetes and microalbuminuria.

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