Consumption of nutrients and insulin resistance suppress markers of bone turnover in subjects with abdominal obesity

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Objective: Abdominal obesity and type 2 diabetes are associated with insulin resistance and low bone turnover along with an increased fracture risk. The mode of action is poorly understood. The bone resorption marker, C-terminal telopeptide type 1 collagen (CTX), and to a lesser extent, the bone formation marker, Procollagen type 1 N-terminal propeptide (P1NP) appear to be inhibited by food consumption. The link between food consumption, insulin resistance and bone turnover remains to be clarified. Primarily we aimed to compare the postprandial CTX, P1NP and PTH responses by two frequently applied methods in assessing metabolic health; oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and mixed meal tolerance test. Secondly, we explored the effect of insulin resistance on bone marker responses.

Methods: We enrolled 64 subjects with abdominal obesity. Following 10 h of fasting, subjects initially underwent a standard OGTT (300 kcal) and approximately one week later a mixed meal tolerance test (1130 kcal). Circulating CTX, P1NP and PTH were assessed on both days at time = 0, after 30 min and after 90 min for comparison of the two interventions. We analyzed glucose and insulin levels for the assessment of insulin resistance. Additionally, we measured plasma calcium levels along with the gut hormones glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) and glucagon-like-peptide 2 (GLP-2) in an attempt to identify possible mediators of the postprandial bone response.

Results: CTX, P1NP and PTH were suppressed by OGTT and the mixed meal; the latter induced a more pronounced suppression after 90 min. Calcium levels were similar between OGTT and meal. GIP and GLP-2 levels increased after both interventions, although only the meal induced a sustained increase after 90 min. Fasting P1NP was inversely associated with insulin resistance. The meal-induced suppression of P1NP (but not CTX or PTH) was inversely associated with level of insulin resistance.

Conclusion: The acute postprandial suppression of bone turnover markers is extended after ingestion of a mixed meal compared to an OGTT. The response appears to be independent of gender and prompted by a reduction in PTH. The study additionally indicates a possible link between the development of insulin resistance and low bone turnover - which may be of key essence in the development of the fragile bone structure and increased fracture risk demonstrated in subjects with abdominal obesity and T2D.

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StatusUdgivet - 2020

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