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J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Jun;89(6):2846-51.

Pharmacological treatment of insulin resistance at two different stages in the evolution of type 2 diabetes: impact on glucose tolerance and beta-cell function.

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Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California 90033, USA.


The purpose of this study was to compare the impact of treating insulin resistance with a thiazolidinedione drug before vs. at the onset of diabetes on glucose levels and beta-cell function. Nondiabetic Hispanic women of Mexican or Central American descent with prior gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) were randomized to troglitazone (early intervention), 400 mg/d, or placebo (later intervention). Women who developed diabetes were placed on open-label troglitazone. Glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, and beta-cell function were measured at randomization, at the diagnosis of diabetes, and 8 months post trial to determine the long-term impact of the two treatment strategies on glucose levels and beta-cell function. During a mean follow-up of 4.3 yr between baseline and posttrial tests, glucose tolerance (oral glucose tolerance test glucose area, P = 0.04) and insulin resistance (MINMOD SI, P = 0.02) worsened more in women randomized to late intervention (n = 69) than to early intervention (n = 57). Insulin secretion (acute insulin response in the iv glucose tolerance test, P = 0.09) and beta-cell compensation for insulin resistance (disposition index, P = 0.07) also tended to worsen more in the late intervention group. Among women in the late intervention group who developed diabetes, oral glucose tolerance test glucose area (P = 0.0001) and beta-cell function (P < or = 0.04) deteriorated significantly during development of diabetes on placebo and then did not change significantly (P > 0.50) during treatment with troglitazone and posttreatment washout. In high-risk Hispanic women, amelioration of insulin resistance can stabilize glycemia at the time diabetes develops. These findings highlight the role of insulin resistance in the genesis of progressive beta-cell dysfunction during the evolution of type 2 diabetes.

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