Differences in insulin resistance and pancreatic B-cell function in obese subjects with isolated impaired glucose tolerance and isolated impaired fasting glucose

Diabet Med. 2008 Jan;25(1):73-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2007.02329.x.


Aims: To investigate changes in insulin action and insulin secretion in obese subjects with different categories of impaired glucose regulation (IGR): impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), impaired fasting glucose (IFG), and combined IFG/IGT (CGI).

Methods: A total of 222 subjects underwent an oral glucose tolerance test and a frequently sampled intravenous glucose tolerance test (FSIGTT); 100 had normal glucose tolerance (subdivided into 32 lean NGT, 68 obese NGT), and 122 were obese with IGR (82 IGT, 14 IFG and 26 CGI). The insulin sensitivity index (S(I)) was assessed by Bergman's minimal model method with FSIGTT; insulin secretion was determined by acute insulin response to glucose (AIRg). The disposition index (DI), the product of AIRg and S(I), was used to determine whether AIRg was adequate to compensate for insulin resistance.

Results: S(I) was similar in NGT and IGR obese subgroups. AIRg was significantly increased in obese NGT as compared with lean NGT, significantly reduced in IGT, and further reduced in IFG and CGI subjects as compared with obese NGT subgroups. DI was reduced in NGT obese individuals. Within the obese IGR subgroups, IFG and CGI subjects had even lower DI value than IGT subjects.

Conclusions: Obese Chinese subjects with IGR have a similar degree of insulin resistance but differ in insulin secretion. Subjects with IFG and CGI have a more prominent deficiency in insulin secretion than subjects with IGT.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Mass Index
  • Fasting / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Glucose Intolerance / complications
  • Glucose Intolerance / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Insulin / blood
  • Insulin / metabolism*
  • Insulin Resistance / physiology*
  • Insulin Secretion
  • Insulin-Secreting Cells / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / metabolism*
  • Risk Factors


  • Insulin