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Effect of Renin-angiotensin System Blockers on Glomerular Filtration Rate in Patients With Hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes With Normoalbuminuria

Information source: Hospital Authority, Hong Kong
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Condition(s) targeted: Diabetes; Hypertensive Disease

Intervention: Renin-angiotensin system blockers (Drug); non-renin angiotensin system blockers (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: Hospital Authority, Hong Kong

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Wai Sing, Daniel CHU, M.B.,B.S., Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Hospital Authority, Hong Kong

Overall contact:
Louise Pun, Phone: 852+3553-3219, Email: pts856@ha.org.hk


Diabetes is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease in developed countries. About 30-40% of patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus will develop diabetic nephropathy. Microalbuminuria is often used as an early predictor of diabetic nephropathy. Many studies already demonstrated the renoprotective effect of Renin-angiotensin-system (RAS) blockers in patients with varying degree of albuminuria, few studies focus on studying the decline in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) among patients with normoalbuminuria. However a substantial number of diabetic patients exist with sub-normal GFR without microalbumin excretion. From literature, diabetes mellitus will have faster decline in GFR but the investigators do not know whether such decline can be slowed down by the use of RAS blockers as compared with other anti-hypertensive drugs. This Study investigate the effect of early treatment with RAS blockers on the decline rate of GFR in diabetic patients with normoalbuminuria.

Clinical Details

Official title: Phase IV, Effect of Rennin-Angiotensin System Blockers on Glomerular Filtration Rate in Patients With Hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes With Normoalbuminuria--- A Randomized Controlled Trial

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: change of estimated GFR calculated by MDRD equation and onset of microalbuminuria

Detailed description: Renal excretory function, represented by GFR, deteriorates with age. After age 20-30 years, GFR declines by 1ml/min per year. This age related loss of renal function is proportional to blood pressure and glycemic level, and the rate of decline can accelerate up to 10-12 ml/min per year in poor BP and glycemia control.(1) Such rate of deterioration may lead to end-stage renal failure and the need for dialysis or transplantation. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is defined as either presence of kidney damage or GFR< 60 ml/min/1. 73 m2 for more than 3 months. Kidney damage is defined as pathological abnormalities or markers of damage, including abnormalities in blood or urine tests or imaging studies. Microalbuminuria is often an early and sensitive marker of kidney damage in many types of chronic kidney disease. Among patients with chronic kidney disease, the stage is divided into stage 1-5 by the level of GFR, with higher stages representing lower GFR levels.(2) Renin-Angiotensin System ( RAS) is an enzymatic cascade in which angiotensinogen is cleaved by renin to form angiotensin I, which in turn, is converted by angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) to form angiotensin II. Angiotensin II produces renal vasoconstriction, so blocking the RAS is shown to be a useful approach to reduce the renovascular risk. Among the RAS blocking agents, angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) are most commonly used in clinical practice. Many studies already demonstrated the renoprotective effect of ACEI and ARB. These studies include MicroHOPE study(3), IRMA(4), IDNT(5), RENNAL(6) with subjects having varying degree of albuminuria. With compelling benefit of RAS blockers in diabetic patients with albuminuria, current guideline from American diabetic Association (ADA) recommend the use of ACEI and ARB to delay the progression of renal disease in diabetic nephropathy.(7) According to the National Kidney Foundation guideline, the workgroup recommend hypertensive patients with diabetes and CKD stage 1-4 should be treated with an ACEI or ARB, usually in combination with a diuretic.(8) For patients with suboptimal GFR (>= 60 ) without evidence of kidney damage like microalbuminuria, they are not considered as having CKD. There is lack of consensus on the selection of anti-hypertensive medication in this group of patients. For subjects having normoalbuminuria, BENEDICT study demonstrates the delay in onset of microalbuminuria with the use of either trandolapril alone or trandolapril plus verapamil.(9) In ADVANCE trial, treatment with fixed combination of perindopril and indapamide reduced total renal event by 21%, defined as having new or worsening nephropathy or the development of new microalbuminuria.(10) However these studies mainly focus on using urinary albumin excretion as outcome measures. They seldom took the value of GFR into account. However studies have found that significant decline in GFR in the absence of increase urine albumin excretion exists in a substantial percentage of adults with diabetes.(11) Decline in GFR should have diagnostic and prognostic value equivalent to urinary albumin excretion. However from literature, we cannot found the effect of RAS blockers on the decline in GFR. We therefore would like to carry out this study to investigate whether RAS blockers can delay the progress of renal disease, with particular attention to the value of GFR, in patients with GFR>=60 but without microalbuminuria.


Minimum age: 35 Years. Maximum age: 80 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion criteria:

1. Age >=35 - 80 years old who is capable to give consent

2. Chinese 3. Either (i) Type 2 DM diagnosed according to ADA guideline or (ii) Hypertension defined as systolic blood pressure >140 or diastolic >90 mmHg or taking anti-hypertensive medication to attain blood pressure under these level or having (i) and (ii) 4. Estimated GFR (eGFR) (based on blood test taken 3 months prior to the date of

consent) 60 - 89 ml/min/1. 73m2 calculated by the abbreviated 4 variable Modification

of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) study equation and no other identified causes of renal insufficiency. 5. Normoalbuminuria determined by urine albumin to creatinine ratio (based on urine test taken 3 months prior to the date of consent) <2. 5 mg/mmol for men or <3. 5 mg/mmol for women in first morning void urine sample. Exclusion criteria: 1. Patients currently on ACEI or ARB as their anti-hypertensive medication 2. Pregnancy 3. Type 1 diabetes 4. Non-diabetic renal disease including renal artery stenosis 5. Secondary hypertension 6. History of symptomatic heart failure 7. History of myocardial infarction within 6 months 8. Specific indication for or contraindication to use ACEI or ARB 9. History of allergy to ACEI or ARB

Locations and Contacts

Louise Pun, Phone: 852+3553-3219, Email: pts856@ha.org.hk

Hospital Authority, HKEC, FM&PHC, Hong Kong, China; Recruiting
Louise PUN, Phone: 852+3553-3219, Email: pts856@ha.org.hk
Wai Sing, Daniel CHU, M.B.,B.S., Principal Investigator
Additional Information

Starting date: November 2011
Last updated: April 17, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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