Glycemic control determines hepatic and peripheral glucose effectiveness in type 2 diabetic subjects

Meredith Hawkins, Ilan Gabriely, Robert Wozniak, Kalpana Reddy, Luciano Rossetti, Harry Shamoon

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Glucose effectiveness is impaired in type 2 diabetes. We hypothesize that chronic hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia contribute importantly to this defect. To test this hypothesis, we compared the effect of acute hyperglycemia on glucose turnover in type 2 diabetic subjects in good control (GC) (n = 14, age 51.7 ± 3.7 years, BMI 28.4 ± 1.0 kg/m2, HbA1c 5.9 ± 0.2%) and poor control (PC) (n = 10, age 50.0 ± 2.5 years, BMI 27.9 ± 1.5 kg/m2, HbA1c 9.9 ± 0.6%) with age- and weight-matched nondiabetic subjects (ND) (n = 11, age 47.0 ± 4.4 years, BMI 28.5 ± 1.0 kg/m2, HbA1c 5.1 ± 0.2%). Fixed hormonal conditions were attained by infusing somatostatin for 6 h with replacement of basal insulin, glucagon, and growth hormone. Glucose fluxes ([3-3H]glucose) were compared during euglycemic (5 mmol/l, t = 180-240 min) and hyperglycemic (Hy) (10 mmol/l, t = 300-360 min, variable glucose infusion) clamp intervals. Acute hyperglycemia suppressed hepatic glucose production (GP) by 43% and increased peripheral glucose uptake (GU) by 86% in the ND subjects. Conversely, GP failed to suppress (-7%) and GU was suboptimally increased (+34%) in response to Hy in the PC group. However, optimal glycemic control was associated with normal glucose effectiveness in GC subjects (GP -38%, GU +72%; P gt; 0.05 for GC vs. ND). To determine whether short-term correction of hyperglycemia and/or hyperlipidemia is sufficient to reverse the impairment in glucose effectiveness, five PC subjects were restudied after 72 h of normoglycemia (∼100 mg/dl; variable insulin infusions). These subjects regained normal effectiveness of glucose to suppress GP and stimulate GU and in response to Hy (GP -47%, GU +71%; P gt; 0.05 vs. baseline studies). Thus, chronic hyperglycemia and/or hyperlipidemia contribute to impaired effectiveness of glucose in regulating glucose fluxes in type 2 diabetes and hence to worsening of the overall metabolic condition. Short-term normalization of plasma glucose might break the vicious cycle of impaired glucose effectiveness in type 2 diabetes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2179-2189
Number of pages11
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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