The International Journal of Romanian Society of Endocrinology / Registered in 1938

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April - June 2017, Volume 13, Issue 2
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Kobylinska L, Ghita MA, Caruntu C, Gabreanu G, Tataru CP, Badescu SV, Geicu O, Neagu M, Constantin C, Dobrescu I, Zagrean L

Preliminary Insights in Oxytocin Association with the Onset of Diabetic Neuropathy

Acta Endo (Buc) 2017, 13 (2): 249-253
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2017.249

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic disorders, associating numerous somatic and behavioral modifications. Oxytocin has been widely studied for its involvement in social behavior and psychiatric disorders. This pilot study presents a series of 3 patients with type 1 diabetes and diabetic neuropathy in which the values of plasma oxytocin, neurotensin, β-endorphins, α-MSH, substance P and orexin A were measured in comparison to 3 healthy controls with matching ages. In the diabetic patients group, there was a strong negative correlation between the value of plasma glucose and oxytocin (r=-0.99, p=0.04), respectively neurotensin (r=- 0.99, p=0.03). These values did not correlate in the control group. The results suggest that oxytocin, in conjunction with neurotensin, could be investigated as a potential early detection marker of diabetic neuropathy and, to our knowledge, this is the first report focusing on plasma oxytocin levels in patients with diabetic neuropathy.

Keywords: oxytocin, diabetic neuropathy, type 1 diabetes

Correspondence: Calin Petru Tataru MD, “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Division of Ophthalmology, Alexandru Lahovari Square no 1, Bucharest, 010464, Romania, E-mail: