Effect of postprandial triglycerides on DDT/ppDDE levels in subjects with varying degree of glucose intolerance

Eur J Pharm Sci. 2021 Feb 1:157:105635. doi: 10.1016/j.ejps.2020.105635. Epub 2020 Nov 4.


Background: Organochlorine pesticides such as DDT as well as postprandial hypertriglyceridemia have been linked with insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus. The cardiometabolic risk of PPhTg could also be due to its potential to increase the serum levels of this highly lipophilic pesticide. We studied the effect of postprandial triglyceride responses to a standard oral fat challenge on the levels of DDT and its metabolites in subjects with varying degree of glucose intolerance METHODS: A standard fat challenge was performed in 60 subjects who were categorized as NGT, prediabetes, and NDDM based on an earlier OGTT. Fasting and postprandial levels of serum triglycerides, plasma DDT and its metabolites were estimated and compared in the 3 groups and their association with each other, and measures of glycemia and insulin resistance were also determined.

Results: Peak Tg and TgAUC levels were significantly higher in NDDM group as compared to NGT and PD groups. TgAUC showed positive correlation with fasting plasma glucose (r=0.33, p=0.01), postprandial plasma glucose (r=0.39, p=0.002) and HOMA IR(r=0.63, p=0.001). ppDDE levels were found to be significantly higher in NDDM subjects compared with NGT group. ppDDE-AUC was significantly higher in the NDDM group compared with the other two study groups. Mean ppDDE levels also showed strong positive correlation with peak Tg (r=0.295 p=0.022), TgAUC (r=0.303 p=0.018), iPPTgAUC(r=0.57 p≤0.001) and iPPpeakTg(r=0.51 p≤0.001) as well as with FPG (r=0.269 p=0.038) PPPG (r=0.424 p=0.001) and HbA1c (r=0.321 p=0.012).

Conclusion: The findings of this study support the concept that the cardiometabolic risk associated with PPhTg may at least in part be related to the associated increase in serum levels of lipophilic OCPs like DDT.

Keywords: Adipose tissue; DDT; Diabetes; Postprandial hypertriglyceridemia; Prediabetes; ppDDE.

MeSH terms

  • Blood Glucose
  • DDT / toxicity
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2*
  • Glucose Intolerance*
  • Humans
  • Insulin
  • Insulin Resistance*
  • Postprandial Period
  • Triglycerides


  • Blood Glucose
  • Insulin
  • Triglycerides
  • DDT