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Impaired fasting glycaemia vs impaired glucose tolerance: similar impairment of pancreatic alpha and beta cell function but differential roles of incretin hormones and insulin action

K Faerch, A Vaag, J J Holst, C Glümer, O Pedersen, K Borch-Johnsen
Diabetologia 2008, 51 (5): 853-61
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AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The impact of strategies for prevention of type 2 diabetes in isolated impaired fasting glycaemia (i-IFG) vs isolated impaired glucose tolerance (i-IGT) may differ depending on the underlying pathophysiology. We examined insulin secretion during OGTTs and IVGTTs, hepatic and peripheral insulin action, and glucagon and incretin hormone secretion in individuals with i-IFG (n = 18), i-IGT (n = 28) and normal glucose tolerance (NGT, n = 20).

METHODS: Glucose tolerance status was confirmed by a repeated OGTT, during which circulating insulin, glucagon, glucose-dependent insulinotrophic polypeptide (GIP) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) levels were measured. A euglycaemic-hyperinsulinaemic clamp with [3-3H]glucose preceded by an IVGTT was performed.

RESULTS: Absolute first-phase insulin secretion during IVGTT was decreased in i-IFG (p = 0.026), but not in i-IGT (p = 0.892) compared with NGT. Hepatic insulin sensitivity was normal in i-IFG and i-IGT individuals (p > or = 0.179). Individuals with i-IGT had peripheral insulin resistance (p = 0.003 vs NGT), and consequently the disposition index (DI; insulin secretion x insulin sensitivity) during IVGTT (DI(IVGTT))) was reduced in both i-IFG and i-IGT (p < 0.005 vs NGT). In contrast, the DI during OGTT (DI(OGTT)) was decreased only in i-IGT (p < 0.001), but not in i-IFG (p = 0.143) compared with NGT. Decreased levels of GIP in i-IGT (p = 0.045 vs NGT) vs increased levels of GLP-1 in i-IFG (p = 0.013 vs NGT) during the OGTT may partially explain these discrepancies. Basal and post-load glucagon levels were significantly increased in both i-IFG and i-IGT individuals (p < or = 0.001 vs NGT).

CONCLUSIONS/INTERPRETATION: We propose that differentiated preventive initiatives in prediabetic individuals should be tested, targeting the specific underlying metabolic defects.

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