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Am J Hypertens. 1995 Jul;8(7):768-71.

Resistance to insulin-mediated glucose uptake and hyperinsulinemia in women who had preeclampsia during pregnancy.

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  • 1Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Tri-Services General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.


Plasma glucose and insulin responses to a 75-g oral glucose load, and the steady-state plasma insulin (SSPI) and glucose (SSPG) concentrations after an infusion of somatostatin, insulin, and glucose, were determined 2 months after delivery in 26 women; 13 who had a normal pregnancy and 13 who developed preeclampsia. The plasma glucose response to oral glucose was not different in the two groups, but the plasma insulin response was significantly greater (P < .02) in those who had been preeclamptic. Although the mean (+/- SE) SSPI concentrations during the infusion study were similar in the two groups (51 +/- 2 v 56 +/- 2 microU/mL), the SSPG concentrations were significantly higher (P < .02) in those who developed preeclampsia (160 +/- 17 v 119 +/- 17 mg/dL). Thus, when studied 2 months after delivery, women who developed preeclampsia were relatively insulin resistant and hyperinsulinemic when compared to those who had an uncomplicated pregnancy.

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