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      Adaptation of β-Cell and Endothelial Function to Carbohydrate Loading: Influence of Insulin Resistance

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          High-carbohydrate diets have been associated with β-cell strain, dyslipidemia, and endothelial dysfunction. We examined how β-cell and endothelial function adapt to carbohydrate overloading and the influence of insulin resistance. On sequential days in randomized order, nondiabetic subjects (classified as insulin-sensitive [IS] [ n = 64] or insulin-resistant [IR] [ n = 79] by euglycemic clamp) received four mixed meals over 14 h with either standard (300 kcal) or double carbohydrate content. β-Cell function was reconstructed by mathematical modeling; brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD) was measured before and after each meal. Compared with IS, IR subjects showed higher glycemia and insulin hypersecretion due to greater β-cell glucose and rate sensitivity; potentiation of insulin secretion, however, was impaired. Circulating free fatty acids (FFAs) were less suppressed in IR than IS subjects. Baseline FMD was reduced in IR, and postprandial FMD attenuation occurred after each meal, particularly with high carbohydrate, similarly in IR and IS. Throughout the two study days, higher FFA levels were significantly associated with lower (incretin-induced) potentiation and impaired FMD. In nondiabetic individuals, enhanced glucose sensitivity and potentiation upregulate the insulin secretory response to carbohydrate overloading. With insulin resistance, this adaptation is impaired. Defective suppression of endogenous FFA is one common link between impaired potentiation and vascular endothelial dysfunction.

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                American Diabetes Association
                July 2015
                09 March 2015
                : 64
                : 7
                : 2550-2559
                1Behavioral Medicine Research Center, University of Miami, Miami, FL
                2Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL
                3Department of Psychology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
                4Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL
                5National Research Council Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Padua, Italy
                6Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
                7National Research Council Institute of Clinical Physiology, Pisa, Italy
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                Corresponding author: Ele Ferrannini, ferranni@ .
                © 2015 by the American Diabetes Association. Readers may use this article as long as the work is properly cited, the use is educational and not for profit, and the work is not altered.
                Page count
                Pages: 10
                Funded by: NHLBI
                Award ID: HL081817

                Endocrinology & Diabetes


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