Display Settings:


Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Pediatr Diabetes. 2006 Aug;7(4):205-10.

Elevated fasting triglycerides predict impaired glucose tolerance in adolescents at risk for type 2 diabetes.

Author information

  • 1Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, USA. kathryn.love-osborne@dhha.org



The aim of this study was to evaluate whether fasting laboratory values can predict impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) in adolescents who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).


Elevated fasting triglycerides, a marker for worsening insulin resistance, predict risk for IGT.


Following a fast of at least 9 h, laboratory measures, body mass index (BMI), and demographic information were obtained. The subjects then underwent a 75-g oral glucose challenge with a 2-h postchallenge glucose determination.


Eighty-four adolescents aged 12-20 yr with at least two risk factors for developing T2DM (obesity, family history of T2DM, or acanthosis nigricans) and with either a fasting insulin level > or =25 microU/mL or a homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) > or =3.5 were recruited for the study.


Ten subjects (12%) had IGT [2-h glucose > or =140 mg/dL (7.77 mmol/L)], and 10 subjects (12%) had impaired fasting glucose [IFG; fasting glucose > or =100 mg/dL (5.55 mmol/L)]. However, only three (30%) subjects with IGT had IFG, though all subjects with IGT had a fasting triglyceride level > or =150 mg/dL (1.70 mmol/L). Of those subjects with elevated triglycerides, 29% had IGT. As a screening test to predict risk for IGT, elevated triglycerides >150 mg/dL had a sensitivity of 100% and a specificity of 68%. The positive predictive value was 29%, and the negative predictive value was 100%.


Screening with fasting glucose alone would have missed 70% of subjects with IGT in this population of insulin-resistant adolescents. However, a fasting triglyceride level > or =150 mg/dL was strongly associated with IGT and may help to identify at-risk adolescents who should undergo formal glucose tolerance testing.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Blackwell Publishing
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk