Effect of selenium supplementation on changes in HbA1c: Results from a multiple-dose, randomized controlled trial.

  • Public Health Research
March 01, 2019 By:
  • Stranges S
  • Rayman MP
  • Winther KH
  • Guallar E
  • Cold S
  • Pastor-Barriuso R.

AIM: To investigate the effect of selenium supplementation at different dose levels on changes in HbA1c after 6 months and 2 years in a population of low selenium status. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Denmark PRECISE study was a single-centre, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled, multi-arm, parallel clinical trial with four groups. In total, 491 volunteers aged 60 to 74 years were randomly assigned to treatment with 100, 200 or 300 mug selenium/day as selenium-enriched yeast or placebo-yeast. HbA1c measurements were available for 489 participants at baseline, 435 at 6 months, and 369 after 2 years of selenium supplementation. Analyses were performed by intention to treat. RESULTS: The mean (SD) age, plasma-selenium concentration, and blood HbA1c at baseline were 66.1 (4.1) years, 86.5 (16.3) ng/g and 36.6 (7.0) mmol/mol, respectively. During the initial 6-month intervention period, mean HbA1c (95% CI) decreased by 1.5 (-2.8 to -0.2) mmol/mol for 100 mug/d of selenium supplementation and by 0.7 (-2.0 to 0.6) mmol/mol for the 200 and 300 mug/d groups compared with placebo (P = 0.16 for homogeneity of changes across the four groups). After 2 years of selenium supplementation, HbA1c had decreased significantly in all treatment groups, with no difference between active treatment and placebo. CONCLUSIONS: Selenium supplementation in an elderly European population of low selenium status did not significantly affect HbA1c levels after 2 years. Our findings corroborate a possible U-shaped response of selenium supplementation on glucose metabolism.

2019 Mar. Diabetes Obes Metab.21(3):541-549. Epub 2018 Oct 29.
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