DIABETES

European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 29-38

First online:

Estimation of the contribution of biomarkers of different metabolic pathways to risk of type 2 diabetes

  • Jukka MontonenAffiliated withDepartment of Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke Email author 
  • , Dagmar DroganAffiliated withDepartment of Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke
  • , Hans-Georg JoostAffiliated withDepartment of Pharmacology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke
  • , Heiner BoeingAffiliated withDepartment of Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke
  • , Andreas FritscheAffiliated withDepartment of Internal Medicine IV, University of Tuebingen
  • , Erwin SchleicherAffiliated withDepartment of Internal Medicine IV, University of Tuebingen
  • , Matthias B. SchulzeAffiliated withDepartment of Molecular Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke
  • , Tobias PischonAffiliated withDepartment of Epidemiology, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke

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Abstract

The contribution of different biological pathways to the development of type 2 diabetes was quantified in a case-cohort design based on circulating blood biomarkers from participants aged 35–65 years in the EPIC–Potsdam Study. The analytic sample included 613 participants with incident diabetes and 1965 participants without diabetes. The proportion that each biomarker contributed to the risk of diabetes was quantified using effect decomposition method. Summarized risk of each biomarker was estimated by an index based on quintiles of gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT), HDL-cholesterol, hs-CRP, and adiponectin. Cox proportional hazard regression was used to estimate relative risks adjusted for age, sex, body mass index, waist-circumference, education, sport activity, cycling, occupational activity, smoking, alcohol intake, and consumptions of red meat, coffee and whole grain bread. Adiponectin explained a total of 32.1% (CI = 16.8, 49.1%) of the risk related to index. For the other biomarkers the corresponding proportions were 23.5% (CI = 10.1, 37.8%) by HDL-cholesterol, 21.5% (CI = 11.5, 32.8%) by GGT, and 15.5% (CI = 4.44, 27.3%) by hs-CRP. The results support the hypothesis that the different biological pathways reflected by GGT, HDL-cholesterol, hs-CRP and adiponectin independent from each other contribute to the risk of type 2 diabetes. Of these pathways the highest contribution was observed for adiponectin which contributed one-third to the risk and that equal proportion was contributed by GGT and HDL-cholesterol, although the contribution of inflammation was lower.

Keywords

Adiponectin/blood Biological markers/blood Diabetes Liver enzymes Inflammation Prospective studies