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July - September 2019, Volume 15, Issue 3
General Endocrinology

Demirel C, Korkmaz H, Gurgul S, Yildiz A, Akarsu E, Erdal N

The Effect of Glucovance Therapy on Biomechanical Deterioration of Bone in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats

Acta Endo (Buc) 2019, 15 (3): 301-304
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2019.301

Aim. Is to evaluate the influence of glucovance therapy on biomechanical properties of bone in streptozotocin - induced diabetes mellitus (DM) in rats. Materials and Methods. A total of 28 male Wistar- Albino rats (12-week-old; 210-300 g) were divided into 4 groups including control (C; no treatment; n=7), sham [Sh; distilled water (gavage, for 8 weeks); n=7], diabetes [DM; streptozotocin (45 mg/kg, single i.p injection); n=7] and diabetes+ Glucovance treatment [DM+G; streptozotocin (45 mg/kg, single i.p injection) + Glucovance (Glucovance, 500/5 mg/kg/day/rat, gavage, for 8 weeks); n=7] groups. Body weight, blood glucose levels (BGLs), bone mineral density (BMD) and geometric/mechanical properties of bone tissue were evaluated. BGLs in diabetic rats were significantly increased compared to non-diabetic rats, while the body weights were decreased (p<0.05). Results. A significant difference was not detected between groups with regard to cross-sectional area of diaphyseal femur (p>0.05). Maximum load, energy absorption capacity, ultimate stress, ultimate strain, toughness and displacement were shown to decrease and stiffness was shown to increase in DM rats (p<0.05). Ultimate stress and maximum load were significantly increased in DM+G groups compared to DM groups (p<0.05). Conclusion. Glucovance treatment seems to be effective in restoration of biomechanical deterioration of bone specific to STZ-induced DM.

Keywords: Diabetes mellitus, glucovance, bone, geometric, biomechanical, bone mineral density.

Correspondence: Hakan Korkmaz MD, Suleyman Demirel University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, 32260, Cunur, Isparta, Turkey, E-mail: