Contribution of visceral fat mass to the insulin resistance of aging

Department of Internal Medicine, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1047, USA.
Metabolism (Impact Factor: 3.89). 08/1995; 44(7):954-9. DOI: 10.1016/0026-0495(95)90251-1
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Recent studies have shown that central obesity (increased waist to hip ratio [WHR]) is related to insulin resistance and aging. Furthermore, in central-obesity states, the intraabdominal fat (IAF) depot has been postulated to contribute most to the development of insulin resistance. Therefore, the observed insulin resistance of aging may be related more to changes in body composition than to aging per se. The purpose of this study was to explore the association of IAF with age and insulin sensitivity (SI) after controlling for obesity. We examined 60 healthy nondiabetic subjects (normal 75-g oral glucose tolerance test, aged 23 to 83, 15 men and 45 women). We chose subjects so that those < or = 125% and greater than 125% of ideal body weight were equally represented in each age decade. We quantified total and subcutaneous abdominal fat and IAF at the umbilicus using a validated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning technique and determined SI using a modified minimal model. IAF correlated significantly with age (r = .49, P = .0001) in the group as a whole, as well as in men (r = .58, P = .022) and women (r = .48, P = .0008) separately. In all subjects, SI was significantly related to IAF (r = -.50, P < .0001) but was not related to age (r = .00, P = .98). In multivariate analysis for various combinations of age, sex, and measures of fat distribution, WHR accounted for 28% and IAF for 51% of the variance in SI, whereas age, sex, and interactions of age and sex accounted for only 1%.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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    • "The menopause transition, as well as the early postmenopausal period, is associated with an increase in total and central obesity789. Increased visceral fat is associated with insulin resistance [10], and this preferential storage of abdominal fat may contribute to cardiovascular disease and diabetes in postmenopausal women. Estrogen and HRT may improve fat distribution in postmenopausal women by preventing the increase in central body fat [7,111213. "
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    ABSTRACT: Insulin resistance (IR) is closely associated with diabetes mellitus. On the other hand, increased visceral fat in menopause is also associated with IR, which makes postmenopausal diabetic women in a big risk for cardiovascular diseases. There are conflicting reports about the effects on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on IR.AIM: The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of HRT on IR.METHODS: A total of 40 postmenopausal women with type 2 diabetes were enrolled and followed for 12 months. Half of them were assigned to take HRT, while the other half made the control group. Fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and insulinemia were measured in both groups at baseline and after 12 months. IR was represented by Homeostatic model assessment for IR (HOMA-IR).RESULTS: HRT was associated with significant decrease in HOMA-IR, FPG and insulinemia in the examined group. There was no significant reduction in FPG and no significant increase in insulinemia levels and HOMA-IR values in control group after 12 months.CONCLUSION: HRT was associated with statistically signifficant increase of insulin sensitivity. Larger clinical trials will be necessary to understand whether HRT may improve insulin resistance and glucose homeostasis in women with diabetes, especially when given shortly after entering menopause.
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    • "The AT from different anatomic locations differs in fatty acid metabolism [6]. Visceral (vc) AT mass is more strongly correlated with IS [7], increased risk of developing diabetes type 2, and atherosclerosis [8] than subcutaneous (sc) AT. "
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    • "Obesity-related adverse health consequences, however, are less related to total body fat deposition, and more strongly associated with a precise fat distribution. More specifically, lower body1 and abdominal subcutaneous2-4 fat accumulation are associated with reduced metabolic perturbations whereas upper body fat distribution and increased visceral fat,5-8 is associated with metabolic dysregulation. Metabolic disorders associated with upper body/visceral obesity include dyslipidemia,9 hypertension,10,11 insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.12,13 "
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