log(TG)/HDL-C is related to both residual cardiometabolic risk and β-cell function loss in type 2 diabetes males

Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2010 Dec 14;9:88. doi: 10.1186/1475-2840-9-88.


Background: T2DM is associated with atherogenic dyslipidemia (AD), defined as decreased HDL-C plus raised triglycerides (TG). AD confers increased risk for CAD, even when LDL-C is at target. AD is rarely assessed due to lack of screening methods consensus.

Aim: To establish the prevalence and severity of AD from log(TG)/HDL-C in T2DM males, and to determine how it relates to cardiometabolic phenotype, glucose homeostasis, micro- and macrovascular complications, and 10-year UKPDS CV risk.

Methods: 585 T2DM males divided according to quintiles (Q) of log(TG)/HDL-C. AD prevalence defined as HDL-C <40 mg x dL(-1) plus TG ≥150 mg x dL(-1). β-cell function assessed with HOMA.

Results: Mean HDL-C and TG were 44 (13) and 204 (155) mg x dL(-1). AD prevalence was 35%. AD correlated with lower β-cell function, with accelerated loss of insulin secretion, and with poorer HbA1c levels. AD was related to a high prevalence of CAD, and also to 10-year absolute CAD risk.

Conclusions: log(TG)/HDL-C is a simple means to estimate AD and the residual CV risk it confers in T2DM. AD closely associates with major cardiometabolic and glucose homeostasis determinants and poorer metabolic control. The ratio also relates to macroangiopathy prevalence and ranks future CAD risk, and is well-suited to capture non-LDL-related macrovascular residual risk and major glycemic determinants.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Belgium / epidemiology
  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Cholesterol, HDL / blood*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / epidemiology*
  • Diabetic Angiopathies / blood*
  • Diabetic Angiopathies / epidemiology*
  • Dyslipidemias / blood*
  • Dyslipidemias / diagnosis
  • Dyslipidemias / epidemiology
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Insulin / blood
  • Insulin-Secreting Cells / metabolism*
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Metabolic Syndrome / blood
  • Metabolic Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sex Factors
  • Time Factors
  • Triglycerides / blood*


  • Biomarkers
  • Cholesterol, HDL
  • Glycated Hemoglobin A
  • Insulin
  • Triglycerides
  • hemoglobin A1c protein, human