[Evaluation of various hemorheologic parameters in diabetes mellitus].Boll Soc Ital Biol Sper. 1990 Apr; 66(4):335-42.BS
It has been speculated that changes in intrinsic blood flow properties may contribute to the evolution of vascular complications in diabetes mellitus. To verify this hypothesis we measured hematocrit, fibrinogen, plasma and blood viscosity in 30 diabetic patients and in 25 healthy volunteers. Diabetics showed blood and plasma viscosity and fibrinogenemia higher than healthy subjects, although only plasma viscosity and fibrinogenemia were statistically significant (p less than 0.001). Moreover the diabetic patients with the highest HbAlc values had a significant increase in plasma viscosity compared with the patients with lower HbAlc values (p less than 0.001), despite a similar fibrinogenemia. This study confirms the presence of hemorheological changes in diabetes mellitus and shows a correlation between plasma viscosity and metabolic control.