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Diabetes Care. 2009 Feb;32(2):335-41. doi: 10.2337/dc08-1478. Epub 2008 Oct 28.

Oral disposition index predicts the development of future diabetes above and beyond fasting and 2-h glucose levels.

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  • 1Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, Department of Medicine, Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, Washington, USA.

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  • Diabetes Care. 2009 Jul;32(7):1355.



We sought to determine whether an oral disposition index (DI(O)) predicts the development of diabetes over a 10-year period. First, we assessed the validity of the DI(O) by demonstrating that a hyperbolic relationship exists between oral indexes of insulin sensitivity and beta-cell function.


A total of 613 Japanese-American subjects (322 men and 291 women) underwent a 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) at baseline, 5 years, and 10 years. Insulin sensitivity was estimated as 1/fasting insulin or homeostasis model assessment of insulin sensitivity (HOMA-S). Insulin response was estimated as the change in insulin divided by change in glucose from 0 to 30 min (DeltaI(0-30)/DeltaG(0-30)).


DeltaI(0-30)/DeltaG(0-30) demonstrated a curvilinear relationship with 1/fasting insulin and HOMA-S with a left and downward shift as glucose tolerance deteriorated. The confidence limits for the slope of the log(e)-transformed estimates included -1 for DeltaI(0-30)/DeltaG(0-30) versus 1/fasting insulin for all glucose tolerance groups, consistent with a hyperbolic relationship. When HOMA-S was used as the insulin sensitivity measure, the confidence limits for the slope included -1 only for subjects with normal glucose tolerance (NGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG)/impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) but not diabetes. On the basis of this hyperbolic relationship, the product of DeltaI(0-30)/DeltaG(0-30) and 1/fasting insulin was calculated (DI(O)) and decreased from NGT to IFG/IGT to diabetes (P < 0.001). Among nondiabetic subjects at baseline, baseline DI(O) predicted cumulative diabetes at 10 years (P < 0.001) independent of age, sex, BMI, family history of diabetes, and baseline fasting and 2-h glucose concentrations.


The DI(O) provides a measure of beta-cell function adjusted for insulin sensitivity and is predictive of development of diabetes over 10 years.

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