Racial/ethnic differences in association of fasting glucose-associated genomic loci with fasting glucose, HOMA-B, and impaired fasting glucose in the U.S. adult population

Diabetes Care. 2010 Nov;33(11):2370-7. doi: 10.2337/dc10-0898. Epub 2010 Aug 30.


Objective: To estimate allele frequencies and the marginal and combined effects of novel fasting glucose (FG)-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on FG levels and on risk of impaired FG (IFG) among non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and Mexican Americans.

Research design and methods: DNA samples from 3,024 adult fasting participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) III (1991-1994) were genotyped for 16 novel FG-associated SNPs in multiple genes. We determined the allele frequencies and influence of these SNPs alone and in a weighted genetic risk score on FG, homeostasis model assessment of β-cell function (HOMA-B), and IFG by race/ethnicity, while adjusting for age and sex.

Results: All allele frequencies varied significantly by race/ethnicity. A weighted genetic risk score, based on 16 SNPs, was associated with a 0.022 mmol/l (95% CI 0.009-0.035), 0.036 mmol/l (0.019-0.052), and 0.033 mmol/l (0.020-0.046) increase in FG levels per risk allele among non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and Mexican Americans, respectively. Adjusted odds ratios for IFG were 1.78 for non-Hispanic whites (95% CI 1.00-3.17), 2.40 for non-Hispanic blacks (1.07-5.37), and 2.39 for Mexican Americans (1.37-4.14) when we compared the highest with the lowest quintiles of genetic risk score (P=0.365 for testing heterogeneity of effect across race/ethnicity).

Conclusions: We conclude that allele frequencies of 16 novel FG-associated SNPs vary significantly by race/ethnicity, but the influence of these SNPs on FG levels, HOMA-B, and IFG were generally consistent across all racial/ethnic groups.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Black People
  • Blood Glucose / genetics
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism*
  • Fasting / blood*
  • Female
  • Genotype
  • Glucose Intolerance / blood
  • Glucose Intolerance / epidemiology*
  • Glucose Intolerance / ethnology*
  • Glucose Intolerance / genetics
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide / genetics*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • White People


  • Blood Glucose