The Role of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-B in Metabolic Homeostasis: Current Evidence
Hyperinsulinemia of nondiabetic overweight and obese subjects is associated with weight-dependent increased insulin secretion and decreased insulin clearance. The present analysis examines whether similar effects can be observed in overweight and obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2). Additionally basal and postprandial insulin secretion and clearance were analyzed in relation to duration of disease. In a random sample of 348 DM2 patients basal plasma insulin concentrations were significantly higher in most BMI groups compared to matched nondiabetic (ND) controls. The weight-dependent increase of basal insulin in DM2 was primarily the result of reduced clearance rather than augmented secretion. Postprandial insulin concentrations were lower in DM2 patients and did not show any BMI-related increase. The weight-dependent reduction of postprandial insulin clearance was absent in DM2. At the time of diagnosis basal insulin concentration was higher and secretion was comparable to ND subjects and this did not change with duration of diabetes. The early postprandial insulin response was still comparable between DM2 and ND subjects at the time of diagnosis but deteriorated with longer duration of disease. The later postprandial response at diagnosis (AUC 90-180) was characterized by significantly greater insulin secretion and concentration while later on the 3-fold higher secretion was paralleled by comparable peripheral plasma concentrations due to a significantly greater postprandial insulin clearance in DM2. In conclusion, the present data indicate that apart from disturbances of insulin secretion substantial changes of insulin clearance contribute to inadequate peripheral insulin concentrations in obese DM2 patients.