Anthocyanins increase serum adiponectin in newly diagnosed diabetes but not in prediabetes: a randomized controlled trial

Nutr Metab (Lond). 2020 Sep 21;17:78. doi: 10.1186/s12986-020-00498-0. eCollection 2020.


Background: Epidemiological studies have suggested that adiponectin is associated with the development of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. This study first examined the effect of purified anthocyanins, a group of dietary flavonoids, on serum adiponectin in patients with prediabetes and newly diagnosed diabetes.

Methods: A total of 160 patients with prediabetes (n = 90) or newly diagnosed diabetes (n = 70) were randomly assigned to either the anthocyanins group or the placebo group for 12 weeks of intervention. Serum adiponectin, a set of biomarkers related to glucolipid metabolism, anthropometric parameters, dietary intake and physical activity were measured before and after intervention.

Results: Anthocyanins increased serum adiponectin compared with placebo (net change 0.46 µg/mL, 95% CI [0.03, 0.90], p = 0.038) in the subjects with newly diagnosed diabetes. No significant difference in the change in adiponectin was observed between the two groups either in the overall subjects (0.02 µg/mL [- 0.32, 0.36], p = 0.906) or in prediabetes (- 0.35 µg/mL [- 0.85, 0.16], p = 0.174). Anthocyanins also decreased fasting glucose (- 0.5 mmol/L [- 1, - 0.04], p = 0.035) in the subjects with newly diagnosed diabetes, but no such change was observed in those with prediabetes.

Conclusions: Anthocyanins supplementation for 12 weeks improved serum adiponectin and fasting glucose in patients with newly diagnosed diabetes, but not in patients with prediabetes.

Trial registration:, NCT02689765. Registered on 6 February 2016,

Keywords: Adiponectin; Anthocyanin; Prediabetes.

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