Plasma Lipid Levels at Diagnosis in Type 2 Diabetic Patients

J. M. Sosenko, Marta M Kato, R. Soto, R. B. Goldberg

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Plasma lipid measurements were obtained at the time that 545 subjects were screened for diabetes mellitus. Both the women and men diagnosed with diabetes had significantly higher triglyceride levels (p < 0.05) and lower high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) levels (p < 0.05) than those with normal glucose tolerance. Low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol) levels were only higher in the diabetic women (p < 0.001). Differences in lipid values were diminished somewhat with allowances for the waist-hip ratio. HDL-cholesterol values were inversely related to fasting insulin levels in the normoglycaemic men and women (p < 0.01), but not in the diabetic individuals. Triglyceride levels were strongly positively related to insulin values in the normoglycaemic men and women (p < 0.001 for both), while associations tended to be smaller in the diabetic subjects. In 13 of the diabetic individuals who were not medicated for diabetes over a period of 17.5 ± 4.6 months, changes in HDL-cholesterol levels were positively related (p = 0.80, <0.001) and changes in tryglyceride levels inversely related (r = -0.70, p < 0.01) to changes in insulin values. These data indicate that at diagnosis Type 2 diabetic patients have an atherogenic lipid pattern that may be related in part to differences in adipose distribution. In addition, the data suggest that HDL-cholesterol is positively related and triglyceride inversely related to insulin action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)814-819
Number of pages6
JournalDiabetic Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1993


  • cholesterol
  • HDL-cholesterol
  • impaired glucose tolerance
  • triglyceride
  • Type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Internal Medicine


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