Indices of insulin secretion during a liquid mixed-meal test in obese youth with diabetes

J Pediatr. 2013 May;162(5):924-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.11.037. Epub 2013 Jan 3.


Objective: To compare indices of insulin secretion, insulin sensitivity (IS), and oral disposition index (oDI) during the liquid mixed-meal test in obese youth with clinically diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and negative autoantibodies (Ab(-)) versus those with T2DM and positive autoantibodies (Ab(+)) to examine whether differences in β-cell function can be detected between the 2 groups.

Study design: Twenty-seven youth with Ab(-) and 15 youth with Ab(+) clinically diagnosed T2DM underwent a mixed-meal test (Boost; 55% carbohydrate, 25% protein, and 20% fat). Fasting and mixed-meal-derived insulin and C-peptide indices of IS, secretion (30-minute insulinogenic [ΔI(30)/ΔG(30)] and C-peptide [ΔC(30)/ΔG(30)]), and oDI were calculated.

Results: Indices of insulin secretion were ~40%-50% lower in patients with Ab(+) T2DM compared with those with Ab(-) T2DM. After controlling for body mass index, ΔI(30)/ΔG(30), ΔC(30)/ΔG(30), C-peptide area under the curve (AUC)/glucose AUC, and insulin AUC/glucose AUC were significantly (P < .05) lower in the Ab(+) group compared with the Ab(-) group. Sensitivity indices were significantly higher in the Ab(+) group. The oDI, 1/fasting insulin × ΔI(30)/ΔG(30) (0.04 ± 0.02 vs 0.12 ± 0.02 mg/dL(-1); P = .005), and 1/fasting C-peptide × ΔC(30)/ΔG(30) (0.02 ± 0.009 vs 0.05 ± 0.006 mg/dL(-1); P = .018) were lower in the Ab(+) group. Receiver operating characteristic curve analyses revealed that fasting C-peptide <3.2 ng/mL had 87% sensitivity and 74% specificity and ΔC(30)/ΔG(30) <0.075 ng/mL per mg/dL had 93% sensitivity and 80% specificity for identifying youth with Ab(+) T2DM.

Conclusion: During a liquid mixed-meal test, indices of β-cell function were lower and IS was higher in patients with Ab(+) T2DM versus those with Ab(-) T2DM, with high sensitivity and specificity for fasting and stimulated C-peptide as markers of Ab(+) status. Indices of insulin secretion during this standardized mixed-meal test could be used to assess β-cell function in therapeutic trials of β-cell restoration in youth with T2DM.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Blood Glucose / analysis*
  • C-Peptide / metabolism*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / metabolism*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Insulin / metabolism*
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Insulin Secretion
  • Male
  • Meals
  • Obesity / metabolism*


  • Blood Glucose
  • C-Peptide
  • Insulin