Increased urinary albumin excretion, insulin resistance, and related cardiovascular risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes: Evidence of a sex-specific association

Salvatore De Cosmo, Antonio Minenna, Oznelle Ludovico, Sandra Mastroianno, Anna Di Giorgio, Leonardo Pirro, Vincenzo Trischitta

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OBJECTIVE - While the relevant role of insulin resistance in the pathogenests of increased urinary albumin excretion (UAE) is well established in type 1 diabetes, its contribution in type 2 diabetes is controversial. Our aim was to investigate whether insulin resistance was associated with increased UAE in a large cohort of patients with type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS - A total of 363 men and 349 women, aged 61 ± 9 years, with a disease duration of 11 ± 9 years and HbA1c levels of 8.6 ± 2.0% were included. Insulin resistance was derived from the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMAIR), and UAE was derived from the albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) defined as increased if the value was ≥2.5 mg/mmol in men and ≥3.5 mg/mmol in women. ACR was correlated with HOMAIR (r = 0.15, P = 0.0001), independently of age, disease duration, blood pressure, HbA1c, triglycerides, waist circumference, and smoking. RESULTS - When the two sexes were investigated separately, a significant correlation between ACR and HOMAIR was reached in men (n = 363; r = 0.21, P = 0.0001) but not women (n = 349; r = 0.08, P = 0.14), suggesting that insulin resistance and sex may interact (P for interaction = 0.04) in determining UAE. When men were subgrouped into quartiles of HOMA IR, those of the third and fourth quartile (i.e., the most insulin resistant) were at higher risk to have increased ACR than patients of the first quartile (third quartile: odds ratio 2.2 [95% CI 1.2-4.2], P = 0.01) (fourth quartile: 4.1 [2.2-7.9], P = 0.00002). Finally, ACR was significantly higher in men with two or more insulin resistance-related cardiovascular risk factors (i.e., abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, and arterial hypertension) than in men with fewer than two insulin resistance-related cardiovascular risk factors (0.90 [0.2-115.1] vs. 1.56 [0.1-1367.6], respectively, P = 0.005). CONCLUSIONS - In type 2 diabetic patients, increased UAE is strongly associated with insulin resistance and related cardiovascular risk factors. This association seems to be stronger in men than in women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)910-915
Number of pages6
JournalDiabetes Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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