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rank these progressions: insulin resistance, diabetes, glucose intolerance

insulin resistance-->impaired glucose tolerance-->diabetes


what are the two "forms" that glucose intolerance manifests in when testing?

IFG: impaired fasting glucose, measures glucose levels after fasting (if they are abnormally high, Diabetes)

IGT: Impaired glucose tolerance, does blood sugar get abnormally high after the glucose tolerance test?


what A1C levels confirms diabetes?



why is low blood sugar not as big a problem as high blood sugar?

the only hormone that regulates high blood sugar is insulin whereas low blood sugar is regulated by Glucagon, Epinephrine, Cortisol, Growth Hormone


what is the bodies first line of defense against insulin resistance? for how long does this occur

increase insulin secretion (glucose will appear normal), this only occurs until beta cells cant compensate and insulin declines


define insulin resistance

decreased ability of the body to use insulin


which adipokines are anti-hyperglycemic? 2

leptin, adiponectin


which adipokines are pro-hyperglycemic? 2

TNF-alpha, IL-6


How are FFAs a big component of hyperglycemia?

Large adipocytes (large visceral/android adipocity)=more FFAs are released. The more FFAs in circulation the more FA oxidation occurs. In the skeletal muscle, the increased FA oxidaiton decreases glucose utilization (no need for glucose derivived ATP). In the Liver, the increased FA oxidation favors gluconeogenesis.


Insulin resistance is thought to be a result of a combination of...(2)

genetics, obesity (adipokines, increased FFAs)


at the cellular level how does insulin resistance manifest (2)

receptor levels (the amount of receptor) and/or RTK activity in skeletal muscle are reduced (poor intracellular signaling)


which ethnic groups are more prone to diabetes? (3)

asian, african-americans, hispanic


which medications increase insulin resistance? 2

Glucocorticoids (steroids/anti-infalammatory), immunosuppresants, others


what is the incretin effect?

effect seen when glucose is administered orally vs IV. when given orally incretins are activated and insulin spikes. This is not seen when given IV


what is acanthosis?

darkening of skin folds seen in individuals with insulin resistance


what are four clinical features of insulin resistance? 5

central obesity, acanthosis, hypertension, dyslipidemia (elevated lipids), metabolic syndrome


what causes acanthosis?

high levels of insulin bind IGF receptors and stimulate growth of keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts


what is the most effective way to prevent insulin resistance from progressing to diabetes?

Lifestyle change. a loss of weight and subsequent regain will still be more beneficial than medications alone


A patient comes in with symptoms of type I diabetes (low insulin, hyperglycemic), upon genetic screening you determine they have MODY, what is the best course of action? why?

give them sulfonurea to treat their defect in sulfonurea receptor on B cells. this will "repair" their insulin defect


a person has a neoplasm on his pancreas that is removed with surgery, a small portion of healthy pancreas was also removed. should the doctor advise the patient to watch his glucose levels? what type of diabetes should be watched our for?

yes, only a small amount of the pancreas is made up B cells (~2-5%). any loss of pancreas puts a person at risk for developing diabetes. Type I diabetes


A woman is diagnosed with polycistic ovary syndrome, what do you have to look out for?

along with its association with obesity, irregular menses, and reduced fertility these individuals are at a greater risk for insulin resistance. regular glucuose tolerance/A1C tests.


what causes gestational diabetes?

placental hormones (human placental lactogen) promotes insulin resistance by increasing the amount of glucose in the blood


how does elevated glucose lead to insulin resistance??

increased glucose increases the amount of insulin that needs to be produced. constituitevly high levels of insulin/glucose eventually decreases the amount of insulin that is produced (pre-diabetes-->T2DM)


if a woman has gestational diabetes, even if it goes away after the pregnancy what is their chance of acquiring diabetes down the road?



what is stress diabetes? what does it cause?

hyperglycemia associated with critical illness (Trauma, burn, ICU). Results in increased inflammatory cytokines, cortisol and catecholamine and subsequent increase in glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis. this raises blood sugar and may induce insulin resistance


what are two endocrine disorders that can lead to diabetes?

cushing's syndrome (excess cortisol), acromegaly (excess Growth hormone)


you are a doctor and a patient presents with pre-diabetes and insulin resistance. You can only prescribe one thing, what do you prescribe?

Lifestyle change. (weight loss)


A patient shows up with full blown T2DM, what medication do you prescribe? why?

metformin. helps reduce insulin resistance. (one of the only/best meds to do this). Metformin is used as a monotherapy and in combination with other drugs


an elderly patient and a younger patient both have type II diabetes. which one can you more "safely' shoot for a lower A1C?

the younger patient. they have more of an ability to rebound and the risk/effects of hypoglycemia would not be as severe


a person has just been diagnosed with type II diabetes, how do you portray this news?

start with the basics (not too much info at once), give them an initial weight loss goal of 5-10% (reachable short term goals)


an extremely obese person has type II diabetes, although you want to reduce their calorie intake significantly, you do not want to go below..

800 cal/day. diet should never drop below this

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