Adipose Tissue Insulin Resistance Is Longitudinally Associated With Adipose Tissue Dysfunction, Circulating Lipids, and Dysglycemia: The PROMISE Cohort.

To determine the association of adipose tissue insulin resistance with longitudinal changes in biomarkers of adipose tissue function, circulating lipids, and dysglycemia.Adults at risk for type 2 diabetes in the Prospective Metabolism and Islet Cell Evaluation (PROMISE) cohort had up to four assessments over 9 years (n = 468). Adipose tissue insulin resistance was determined using a novel validated index, Adipo-IR, calculated as the product of fasting insulin and nonesterified fatty acids measured at baseline. Fasting serum was used to measure biomarkers of adipose tissue function (adiponectin and soluble CD163 [sCD163]), circulating lipids (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglyceride [TG]), and systemic inflammation (interleukin-6 [IL-6] and tumor necrosis factor-α [TNF-α]). Incident dysglycemia was defined as the onset of impaired fasting glucose, impaired glucose tolerance, or type 2 diabetes at follow-up. Generalized estimating equation (GEE) models were used to assess the relationship of Adipo-IR with longitudinal outcomes.GEE analyses showed that elevated Adipo-IR was longitudinally associated with adipose tissue dysfunction (adiponectin -4.20% [95% CI -6.40 to -1.95]; sCD163 4.36% [1.73-7.06], HDL -3.87% [-5.15 to -2.57], TG 9.26% [5.01-13.69]). Adipo-IR was associated with increased risk of incident dysglycemia (odds ratio 1.59 [95% CI 1.09-2.31] per SD increase). Associations remained significant after adjustment for waist circumference and surrogate indices for insulin resistance. There were no significant longitudinal associations of Adipo-IR with IL-6, TNF-α, total cholesterol, or LDL.Our findings demonstrate that adipose tissue insulin resistance is prospectively associated with adipose tissue function, HDL, TG, and incident dysglycemia.


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Authors: Zhila Semnani-Azad, Philip W Connelly, Richard P Bazinet, Ravi Retnakaran, David J A Jenkins, Stewart B Harris, Bernard Zinman, Anthony J Hanley