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Beneficial effect of a moderately energy-restricted diet on fibrinolytic factors in non-obese men

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Author: Velthuis-te Wierik, E.J.M. · Meijer, P. · Kluft, C. · Berg, H. van den
Institution: Centraal Instituut voor Voedingsonderzoek TNO
Source:Metabolism, 12, 44, 1548-1552
Identifier: 52908
doi: DOI:10.1016/0026-0495(95)90073-X
Keywords: Biology · Adult · Body Mass Index · Body Weight · Diet · Energy Intake · Fibrinolysis · Humans · Male · Middle Aged · Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor 1 · Plasminogen Activators · Plasminogen Inactivators · Reference Values · Tissue Plasminogen Activator


Impaired fibrinolytic activity has been reported in the elderly and is thought to play a role in the etiology of cardiovascular disease, one of the leading causes of death in most Western countries. Since restriction of energy intake has been demonstrated to act beneficially on the aging process in a variety of species, we studied the effect of a 10-week moderately energy-restricted (ER) regimen (80% of habitual) on plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI) activity, PAI-1 antigen, tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) activity, and tPA antigen in non-obese, middle-aged men. Moreover, the relationship between these fibrinolytic markers and glucose tolerance was investigated. Weight loss in the ER group (n = 16) was considerable (-7.4 ± 1.7 kg, P < .001). Subjects in the control group (n = 8) also lost some weight (-2.1 ± 1.5 kg, P < .01). Fasting glucose levels decreased in the ER group (-0.31 ± 0.48 mmol/L, P < .05), which was correlated with the extent of weight loss (P < .01). Baseline insulin levels at 2 hours after an oral glucose load correlated with baseline PAI activity (P < .001) and PAI-1 antigen levels (P < .001). PAI activity decreased in the ER group (-2.94 ± 2.90 IU/mL, P < .001), particularly in subjects with a high baseline PAI activity (>9 IU/mL). Furthermore, energy restriction led to decreased PAI-1 antigen concentration (p < .05), a nonsignificant increase in tPA activity, and a decrease in tPA antigen concentration (P < .001). All these changes were more clear in subjects with a high baseline PAI activity. These results suggest that 10 weeks of moderate energy restriction has a profibrinolytic effect in non-obese, middle-aged men, at least in subjects with higher baseline PAI activity (>9 IU/mL). Moreover, in line with the suggestion that high PAI activity goes together with insulin resistance, a relationship between insulin concentration after a glucose load and PAI activity was found.