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Research Article

Glucose tolerance during long term treatment with a somatostatin analogue.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 293 doi: (Published 22 November 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;293:1327
  1. L Verschoor,
  2. S W Lamberts,
  3. P Uitterlinden,
  4. E Del Pozo


    Seven patients with active acromegaly were treated with SMS 201-995, an analogue of somatostatin, for one year, the maximum dose being 100 micrograms three times a day. Three patients had impaired glucose tolerance before treatment, due to insulin resistance in two and insulin deficiency in one. In all patients treatment with the analogue slightly increased postprandial glucose concentrations and suppressed insulin concentrations for two to two and a half hours after each injection; growth hormone concentrations decreased progressively with treatment. The patient with impaired glucose tolerance due to insulin deficiency developed diabetes mellitus after four months' treatment; concomitant treatment with glibenclamide resulted in a decreased glucose concentration and increased insulin concentration. This analogue of somatostatin had only minor side effects on glucose tolerance in patients with acromegaly and may be used in patients with impaired glucose tolerance provided that glucose concentrations are monitored closely.