Red blood cell lipid alterations in type II diabetes mellitus

Domenico Prisco, Rita Paniccia, Mirella Coppo, Dino Vanni, Pier Giorgio Rogasi, Manuela Tramontana, Rosanna Abbate, Gian Franco Gensini

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Alterations in blood rheological properties have been reported in diabetes mellitus. Changes in lipid composition of red blood cell (RBC) membranes resulting in an impairement of RBC deformability may play a role in the altered blood rheological pattern. The aim of this study was to investigate the lipid composition of RBC membrane in a group of patients affected by type II diabetes (age 21-45 years), selected on the basis of the absence of complications and good metabolic control, and in a group of suitable control subjects. Saturated fatty acid amounts in the different phospholipid fractions were significantly higher in diabetics than in controls (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)751-758
Number of pages8
JournalThrombosis Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 15 1989


  • cholesterol
  • diabetes mellitus
  • fatty acids
  • phospholipids
  • red blood cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Hematology


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