Association of Impaired Glucose Regulation and Insulin Resistance with Cardiac Structure and Function: Results from ECHO-SOL (Echocardiographic Study of Latinos)

Ryan T. Demmer, Matthew A. Allison, Jianwen Cai, Robert C. Kaplan, Ankit A. Desai, Barry E. Hurwitz, Jill C. Newman, Sanjiv J. Shah, Katrina Swett, Gregory A. Talavera, Ashley Thai, Marston E. Youngblood, Carlos J. Rodriguez

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Background - We examined the relationship between glucose homeostasis and comprehensive measures of cardiac structure and function among a representative sample of US Hispanics. Methods and Results - ECHO-SOL (Echocardiographic Study of Latinos), an echocardiographic ancillary study of the HCHS/SOL (Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos), enrolled 1818 Hispanic/Latino men (43%) and women (57%) aged ≥45 years (mean=56). Glucose intolerance was defined as follows: (1) prediabetes: hemoglobin (HbA1c) ≥5.7 and <6.5% and (2) diabetes mellitus: fasting plasma glucose ≥126 mg/dL, 2-hour postload glucose ≥200 mg/dL, HbA1c ≥6.5%, or hypoglycemic agent use. Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus was defined as HbA1c ≥7.0%. Insulin resistance was defined using the homeostatic model assessment for insulin resistance. Echocardiography examinations assessed left ventricular structure and systolic/diastolic function. Multivariable linear and logistic regression models were used. Prediabetes prevalence was 42%, and diabetes mellitus prevalence was 28% (47% uncontrolled). Glucose intolerance was associated with increased left ventricular posterior wall and interventricular septal and relative wall thicknesses (all P<0.05), reduced ejection fraction (P<0.01), reduced stroke and end-diastolic volumes (both P<0.001), decreased peak E′ velocity (lateral and septal P<0.001), and increased E/E′ ratio (lateral and septal P<0.01). The odds ratios (95% confidence intervals) for diastolic dysfunction among individuals with prediabetes and diabetes mellitus (versus diabetes mellitus free) were 1.36 (0.96-1.9) and 1.90 (1.3-2.8), respectively(P=0.006). Results were consistent for uncontrolled diabetes mellitus versus diabetes mellitus. Homeostatic model assessment for insulin resistance was associated with increased E/E′ (P<0.001), and greater relative wall thickness and septal thickness (both P<0.05); lower stroke volume (P<0.0001); and lower peak lateral and septal E′ velocities (both P<0.01). Conclusions - Glucose intolerance and insulin resistance are associated with unfavorable cardiac structure and function, particularly worsened measures of diastolic function, even before the development of diabetes mellitus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number005032
JournalCirculation: Cardiovascular Imaging
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

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Funding Information:
Sources of Funding HCHS-SOL was performed as a collaborative study supported by contracts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to the University of North Carolina (N01-HC65233), University of Miami (N01-HC65234), Albert Einstein College of Medicine (N01- HC65235), Northwestern University (N01-HC65236), and San Diego State University (N01-HC65237). The following Institutes/Centers/ Offices contribute to the HCHS/SOL through a transfer of funds to the NHLBI: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and National Institutes of Health-Office of Dietary Supplements. ECHO-SOL was supported by R01 HL104199 (Dr Rodriguez); R01 DK102932 (Dr Demmer) also provided partial support for this article.

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© 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.


  • diabetes mellitus
  • diabetic cardiomyopathy
  • echocardiography
  • insulin resistance
  • prediabetic state

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