Abnormal postprandial PYY response in insulin sensitive nondiabetic subjects with a strong family history of type 2 diabetes

A. Viardot, Leonie Heilbronn, H. Herzog, S. Gregersen, L. V. Campbell

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Objective: Gut-derived hormone peptide YY (PYY) is low in subjects with obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, it is unknown whether this is a primary defect or a consequence of metabolic disturbances. In this study, we aimed to assess whether low fasting and postprandial PYY secretion is an early defect, potentially promoting the development of obesity and T2D, and whether it is modified by macronutrient content. Design: Prospective cross-sectional cohort study. Subjects: Nine individuals with a strong family history of T2D (REL) and seven age and adiposity matched individuals with no family history of T2D (CON). Interventions: Metabolic studies including hyperinsulinemic- euglycemic clamp, dual X-ray absorptiometry and two meal tests containing 1000 kcal with an either high fat (76%) or high carbohydrate (76%) content. Main outcome measures: Fasting and postprandial PYY levels were measured and analyzed for potential correlations with markers for adiposity and insulin resistance. Results: Insulin sensitivity was not different between REL and CON. Fasting glucose, insulin, triglycerides and PYY were also not different between groups. However, the postprandial incremental area under curve (AUC) of PYY was significantly lower in REL after the high carbohydrate (HCHO) meal (+27.3 vs +60.6% increase from baseline, P=0.038). The AUC of insulin during HCHO meal correlated negatively with both AUC and fasting level of PYY (r=-0.58 and -0.60, respectively, P<0.05). Conclusions: A blunted postprandial PYY secretion is observed in a very early stage in the development of T2D in genetically susceptible individuals. This defect precedes the presence of insulin resistance and adiposity, and could therefore predispose to the development of T2D.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)943-948
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Obesity
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Jun 2008


  • Gastrointestinal hormones
  • Metabolism
  • PYY
  • Prediabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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