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J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Sep;100(9):3393-9. doi: 10.1210/JC.2015-2230. Epub 2015 Jul 15.

Urine Albumin-to-Creatinine Ratio: A Marker of Early Endothelial Dysfunction in Youth.

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Children's Nutrition Research Center (S.K.B., M.C.C., A.T., F.B.), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 77030; and Division of Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology (S.K.B., M.C.C., A.T., F.B.) and Department of Radiology, (R.K.), Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas 77030.



The urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR) is a useful predictor of cardiovascular (CV) events in adults. Its relationship to vascular function in children is not clear.


We investigated whether UACR was related to insulin resistance and endothelial function, a marker of subclinical atherosclerosis, in adolescents across the spectrum of glucose regulation.


Participants were 58 adolescents: 13 normal weight (NW), 25 overweight with normal glucose tolerance (OW-NGT), and 20 overweight with prediabetes (OW-PreD).


Interventions included oral glucose tolerance test, hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp with determination of insulin sensitivity (IS), endothelial function assessment by peripheral arterial tonometry determination of the reactive hyperemia index (RHI), body composition (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry), and abdominal fat distribution (magnetic resonance imaging).


Fasting UACR was determined.


The 3 groups did not differ with respect to age, sex, or Tanner stage. The NW group had significantly lower percent body fat, higher IS (10.4 ± 0.9, 3.5 ± 0.6, and 2.1 ± 0.2 mg/kg/min per μU/mL; P < .001), and higher RHI (1.84 ± 0.1, 1.56 ± 0.1, and 1.56 ± 0.1, P = .04) than the OW-NGT and OW-PreD groups, respectively. lnUACR was related to percent body fat (r = 0.4, P = .001), RHI (r = -0.33, p = .01), and IS (r = -0.27, P = .043). In multiple regression analysis with lnUACR as the dependent variable and RHI, percent body fat, age, sex, race, systolic blood pressure, cholesterol, glycated hemoglobin, and IS as independent variables, RHI (β = -0.3, P = .045) and sex (β = 0.31, P = .06) contributed to the variance in UACR (R(2) = 0.35, P = .02).


UACR is an early marker of endothelial dysfunction in youth, independent of glycemia. Endothelial dysfunction may mediate the link between obesity-related insulin resistance and early microalbuminuria.

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