Substrate utilization in non-obese type 2 diabetic patients at rest and during exercise

LB Borghouts, Anton Wagenmakers, PL Goyens, HA Keizer

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Recently, we observed that impairments exist in skeletal muscle free fatty acid (FFA) utilization during exercise in obese subjects with Type II diabetes. The main objective of the present study was to investigate whether plasma FFA oxidation is impaired during exercise in non-obese Type II diabetic patients. Stable isotope tracers of palmitate and glucose were infused for 2 h at rest and 1h of bicycle exercise at 40% peak oxygen consumption ( V*O(2)max) in volunteers with Type II diabetes and a healthy control group. At rest, plasma FFA oxidation was not significantly different between subjects with Type II diabetes and control subjects (2.13+/-0.51 versus 1.93+/-0.54 respectively). During exercise, Type II diabetic patients and control subjects had similar rates of total fat [Type II diabetes, 9.62+/-1.84; control, 12.08+/-4.59; not significant (NS)] and glucose oxidation (Type II diabetes, 44.24+/-10.36; control, 57.37+/-14.54; NS). No aberrations were present in plasma FFA uptake [rate of disappearance ( Rd ); Type II diabetes, 11.78+/-4.82; control, 10.84+/-3.39; NS] and oxidation rates (Type II diabetes 8.10+/-1.44; control 8.00+/-3.12, NS) in Type II diabetic patients; triacylglycerol-derived fatty acid oxidation was 2.6-fold lower in Type II diabetic patients than in control subjects, but this difference was not statistically significant. Muscle glycogen oxidation was lower in diabetes patients than in control subjects (Type II diabetes, 25.16+/-13.82; control, 42.04+/-10.58; P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-566
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002


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