Serum Sclerostin and Bone Turnover in Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults

Action LADA Study Groups

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Purpose: Bone formation is impaired in both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes (T2D), whereas sclerostin, an antagonist of bone formation, is increased in T2D only. No data are available on latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), an autoimmune type of diabetes thatmay clinically resemble T2D at diagnosis.We evaluated serumsclerostin and bone turnover markers in LADA compared with those in T2D and whether metabolic syndrome (MetS) affects sclerostin in T2D or LADA. Methods: This cross-sectional study included 98 patients with T2D and 89 with LADA from the Action LADA and Non Insulin Requiring Autoimmune Diabetes cohorts. Patients were further divided according to MetS status. Nondiabetic participants (n = 53) were used as controls. Serum sclerostin, bone formation (pro-collagen type 1 N-terminal propeptide [P1NP]), and bone resorption (C-terminal telopeptide of type I collagen [CTX]) were analyzed. Results: Patients with T2D had higher sclerostin than did those with LADA [P = 0.0008, adjusted for sex and bodymass index (BMI)], even when analysis was restricted to patients withMetS (adjusted P=0.03). Analysis of T2Dand LADAgroups separately showed that sclerostin was similar between thosewith and those without MetS. However, a positive trend between sclerostin and number of MetS features was seen with T2D (P for trend = 0.001) but not with LADA. Patients with T2D or LADA had lower CTX than did controls (P = 0.0003) and did not have significantly reduced P1NP. Sclerostin was unrelated to age or hemoglobin A1c but was correlated with BMI (r = 0.29; P = 0.0001), high-density lipoprotein (r = 20.23; P = 0.003), triglycerides (r = 0.19; P = 0.002), and time since diagnosis (r = 0.32; P < 0.0001). Conclusions: Patients with LADA presented lower bone resorption than did controls, similar to patients with T2D. Sclerostin is increased in T2D but not in LADA, suggesting possible roles on bone metabolism in T2D only.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1921-1928
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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