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Journal of Diabetes Research
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 6915310, 9 pages
Research Article

Effects of Renal Denervation on Insulin Sensitivity and Inflammatory Markers in Nondiabetic Patients with Treatment-Resistant Hypertension

1Department of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Nørrebrogade 44, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
2Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 99, 8200 Aarhus, Denmark
3Department of Nephrology, Aalborg University Hospital, Hobrovej 18-22, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark
4Medical Research Laboratory, Aarhus University Hospital, Nørrebrogade 44, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Correspondence should be addressed to Ulla Kampmann; kd.purtspo@allu

Received 28 March 2017; Revised 9 July 2017; Accepted 25 July 2017; Published 7 September 2017

Academic Editor: Joseph F. Ndisang

Copyright © 2017 Ulla Kampmann et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Increased sympathetic activity is important in the pathogenesis of hypertension and insulin resistance. Afferent signaling from the kidneys elevates the central sympathetic drive. We investigated the effect of catheter-based renal sympathetic denervation (RDN) on glucose metabolism, inflammatory markers, and blood pressure in nondiabetic patients with treatment-resistant hypertension. Eight subjects were included in an open-labelled study. Each patient was studied before and 6 months after RDN. Endogenous glucose production was assessed by a 3-3H glucose tracer, insulin sensitivity was examined by hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp, hormones and inflammatory markers were analyzed, and blood pressure was measured by office blood pressure readings and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Insulin sensitivity (-value) increased nonsignificantly from 2.68 ± 0.28 to 3.07 ± 0.41 (). A significant inverse correlation between the increase in -value and BMI 6 months after RDN () was found, suggesting beneficial effects on leaner subjects. Blood pressure decreased significantly, but there were no changes in hormones, inflammatory markers, or endogenous glucose production. Our results indicate that RDN may improve insulin sensitivity in some patients with treatment-resistant hypertension, albeit confirmation of these indications of beneficial effects on leaner subjects awaits the outcome of larger randomized controlled studies.