Insulin resistance in moderate chronic heart failure is related to hyperleptinaemia, but not to norepinephrine or TNF-alpha

Wolfram Doehner, Mathias Rauchhaus, Ian F. Godsland, Karl Egerer, Josef Niebauer, Rakesh Sharma, Mariantonietta Cicoira, Viorel G. Florea, Andrew J S Coats, Stefan D. Anker

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Objectives: Chronic heart failure (CHF) has emerged as an insulin-resistant state, independently of ischaemic aetiology. The underlying mechanisms of this finding are not known. Catecholamines, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) and leptin, the adipocyte specific hormone, have all been implicated as mediators of impaired insulin sensitivity. The purpose of this study was to examine in patients with CHF and in comparison to healthy controls subjects whether norepinephrine, TNFα or leptin relate to insulin sensitivity. Design: 41 patients with CHF (age 60±2 years, NYHA I/II/III/IV 4/12/22/3, peak oxygen consumption 17.6±1.0 ml/kg per min) and 21 healthy controls of similar age and total and regional fat distribution were studied in a cross-sectional study. Insulin sensitivity was assessed by intravenous glucose tolerance testing using the minimal model approach; catecholamines, TNFα and soluble TNF receptors 1 and 2 were also measured. Total and regional body fat mass was assessed by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. Results: Insulin sensitivity was reduced in CHF patients compared to controls by 31% (P2. Conclusion: In moderate CHF, elevated leptin levels directly and independently predict insulin resistance. Elevated serum leptin levels could play a role in the impaired regulation of energy metabolism in CHF. In contrast to observations in other conditions, TNFα and norepinephrine are not related to insulin resistance in moderate CHF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-81
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Chronic heart failure
  • Insulin resistance
  • Leptin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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