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Effects of glucose and meal ingestion on incretin secretion in Japanese subjects with normal glucose tolerance


Nobuya Inagaki Tel.: +81-75-751-3560 Fax: +81-75-751-4244 E-mail address: inagaki@metab.kuhp.kyoto-u.ac.jp


Aims/Introduction:  Gastric inhibitory polypeptide (GIP) and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) are the major incretins; their secretion after various nutrient loads are well-evaluated in Caucasians. However, little is known of the relationship between incretin secretion and differing nutritional loading in Japanese subjects. In the present study, we evaluated GIP and GLP-1 secretion in Japanese subjects with normal glucose tolerance (NGT) after glucose loading (75 g glucose and 17 g glucose) and meal ingestion.

Materials and Methods:  A total of 10 Japanese NGT subjects participated in 75 g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), 17 g OGTT and meal tolerance test (MTT). Plasma glucose (PG), serum insulin (IRI), serum C-peptide (CPR), plasma total GIP, and plasma total GLP-1 levels during OGTT and MTT were determined.

Results:  Area under the curve (AUC)-GIP was increased in proportion to the amount of glucose, and was highest in MTT, showing that GIP secretion is also stimulated by nutrients other than glucose, such as lipid. In contrast, although the larger glucose load tended to induce a larger GLP-1 release, AUC-GLP-1 was not significantly different among the three loading tests (75 g OGTT, 17 g OGTT, MTT) irrespective of the kind or amount of nutrition load.

Conclusions:  Our results suggest that nutritional composition might have a greater effect on GIP secretion than that on GLP-1 secretion in Japanese NGT subjects. (J Diabetes Invest, doi: 10.1111/j.2040-1124.2011.00143.x, 2012)