Fructose intervention for 12 weeks does not impair glycemic control or incretin hormone responses during oral glucose or mixed meal tests in obese men

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  • N Matikainen
  • S Söderlund
  • E Björnson
  • L H Bogl
  • K H Pietiläinen
  • A Hakkarainen
  • N Lundbom
  • B Eliasson
  • S M Räsänen
  • A Rivellese
  • L Patti
  • A Prinster
  • G Riccardi
  • J-P Després
  • N Alméras
  • Holst, Jens Juul
  • Deacon, Carolyn F.
  • J Borén
  • M-R Taskinen

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Incretin hormones glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) are affected early on in the pathogenesis of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Epidemiologic studies consistently link high fructose consumption to insulin resistance but whether fructose consumption impairs the incretin response remains unknown.

METHODS AND RESULTS: As many as 66 obese (BMI 26-40 kg/m(2)) male subjects consumed fructose-sweetened beverages containing 75 g fructose/day for 12 weeks while continuing their usual lifestyle. Glucose, insulin, GLP-1 and GIP were measured during oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) and triglycerides (TG), GLP-1, GIP and PYY during a mixed meal test before and after fructose intervention. Fructose intervention did not worsen glucose and insulin responses during OGTT, and GLP-1 and GIP responses during OGTT and fat-rich meal were unchanged. Postprandial TG response increased significantly, p = 0.004, and we observed small but significant increases in weight and liver fat content, but not in visceral or subcutaneous fat depots. However, even the subgroups who gained weight or liver fat during fructose intervention did not worsen their glucose, insulin, GLP-1 or PYY responses. A minor increase in GIP response during OGTT occurred in subjects who gained liver fat (p = 0.049).

CONCLUSION: In obese males with features of metabolic syndrome, 12 weeks fructose intervention 75 g/day did not change glucose, insulin, GLP-1 or GIP responses during OGTT or GLP-1, GIP or PYY responses during a mixed meal. Therefore, fructose intake, even accompanied with mild weight gain, increases in liver fat and worsening of postprandial TG profile, does not impair glucose tolerance or gut incretin response to oral glucose or mixed meal challenge.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)534-542
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

    Research areas

  • Adult, Aged, Beverages, Biomarkers, Blood Glucose, Dietary Carbohydrates, Drinking, Europe, Fructose, Gastrointestinal Hormones, Glucose Tolerance Test, Humans, Insulin, Insulin Resistance, Liver, Male, Metabolic Syndrome X, Middle Aged, Obesity, Postprandial Period, Predictive Value of Tests, Quebec, Time Factors, Triglycerides, Weight Gain, Young Adult, Clinical Trial, Journal Article, Multicenter Study

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