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Int J Med Sci 2012; 9(7):574-581. doi:10.7150/ijms.4128

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Impaired Secretion of Total Glucagon-like Peptide-1 in People with Impaired Fasting Glucose Combined Impaired Glucose Tolerance

Fang Zhang1*, Xialian Tang1*, Hongyi Cao2*, Qingguo Lü1*, Nali Li1, Yupu Liu1, Xiangxun Zhang3, Yuwei Zhang1, Mingming Cao1, Jun Wan1, Zhenmei An1, Nanwei Tong1✉

1. Division of Endocrinology, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, 37 Guoxuexiang , Chengdu, Sichuan 610041, China;
2. Division of Endocrinology, The Fifth People's Hospital of Chengdu, Chengdu, Sichuan 610000, China;
3. Research Laboratory of Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases, West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan 610041, China.
* These authors contribute equally to this paper.


Objective: We assessed the serum glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) levels for Chinese adults with pre-diabetes (PD) and newly-diagnosed diabetes mellitus (NDDM) during oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). The relationships between total GLP-1 level and islet β cell function, insulin resistance (IR) and insulin sensitivity (IS) were also investigated.

Methods: A 75g glucose OGTT was given to 531 subjects. Based on the results, they were divided into groups of normal glucose tolerance (NGT), isolated impaired fasting glucose (IFG), isolated impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), IFG combined IGT (IFG+IGT) and NDDM. Total GLP-1 levels were measured at 0- and 2-hour during OGTT. Homeostasis model assessment of β cell function (HOMA-β), HOMA of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), Gutt and Matsuda indexes were calculated. The relationships between GLP-1 level and β cell function, IR and IS were analyzed.

Results: The levels of total fasting GLP-1 (FGLP-1), 2h GLP-1 (2hGLP-1) and 2hGLP-1 increments (∆GLP-1) following OGTT reduced significantly in IFG+IGT and NDDM groups (P<0.005). HOMA-β , HOMA-IR, Gutt and Matsuda indexes demonstrated various patterns among NGT, isolated IFG, isolated IGT, IFG+IGT and NDDM groups (P<0.05). Spearman rank correlation analysis and multivariable linear regression model suggested that some levels of correlation between GLP-1 levels, ∆GLP-1 and β cell function, IR (P<0.05).

Conclusions: The total GLP-1 levels and its response to glucose load decreased significantly in IFG+IGT group, compared to isolated IFG or IGT group. They were even similar to that of NDDM group. Moreover, there were observable correlations between impaired GLP-1 secretion and β cell function, IR and IS.

Keywords: β cell function, insulin resistance, insulin sensitivity, newly-diagnosed diabetes mellitus, pre-diabetes, total glucagon-like peptide-1.

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How to cite this article:
Zhang F, Tang X, Cao H, Lü Q, Li N, Liu Y, Zhang X, Zhang Y, Cao M, Wan J, An Z, Tong N. Impaired Secretion of Total Glucagon-like Peptide-1 in People with Impaired Fasting Glucose Combined Impaired Glucose Tolerance. Int J Med Sci 2012; 9(7):574-581. doi:10.7150/ijms.4128. Available from