Reduced whole-body lipid oxidation is associated with insulin resistance, but not with intramyocellular lipid content in offspring of type 2 diabetic patients

G. Lattuada, F. Costantino, A. Caumo, P. Scifo, F. Ragogna, F. De Cobelli, A. Del Maschio, L. Luzi, G. Perseghin

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Abstract

Aims/hypothesis: Intramyocellular lipid accumulation and insulin resistance are thought to be due to reduced lipid oxidation in a human model of high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Methods: We studied 32 offspring of type 2 diabetic parents and 32 control individuals by means of DXA, indirect calorimetry, insulin clamp and 1H MRS of the calf muscles, and differences between and within study groups were analysed before and after segregation by quartiles of fasting lipid oxidation. Results: In comparison with control subjects, the offspring showed impaired insulin sensitivity, which was associated with higher fasting intramyocellular lipid content (Spearman's rho -0.35; p=0.04), but fasting lipid oxidation did not differ between groups (1.21±0.46 vs. 1.25±0.37 mg·kg-1 lean body mass per min; p=0.70). Nevertheless, offspring in the lowest quartile of lipid oxidation had the most severe impairment of insulin sensitivity and a strong association was shown between lipid oxidation and insulin sensitivity within quartiles (Spearman's rho 0.47; p=0.01); this was not observed within the control group (Spearman's rho 0.13; p=0.47). Intramyocellular lipid content was not significantly different within quartiles of lipid oxidation in either of the groups. Conclusions/interpretation: Insulin sensitivity improved across increasing quartiles of fasting lipid oxidation in the offspring group, but remained constant in the control group, supporting the hypothesis that impaired fat oxidation is a primary pathogenic factor of insulin resistance in people with a genetic background for type 2 diabetes. Despite their association with impaired insulin sensitivity, soleus and tibialis anterior intramyocellular lipid content remained constant across increasing quartiles of fasting lipid oxidation within both groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-747
Number of pages7
JournalDiabetologia
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

Keywords

  • Insulin resistance
  • Intramyocellular lipid content
  • Lipid oxidation
  • Offspring of type 2 diabetic parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Internal Medicine

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