, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 202-206
Date: 22 Aug 2008

Glucose Tolerance in the Proximal Versus the Distal Small Bowel in Wistar Rats

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Type 2 diabetes is an epidemic and insulin resistance is the central etiology of this disease. Obesity increases insulin resistance and glucose intolerance and also exacerbates metabolic abnormalities present in type 2 diabetes. Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for severe obesity. Most reported series show that return to euglycemia and normal insulin levels occur days after gastric bypass and biliopancreatic diversion, long before major weight loss has taken place. The mechanisms underlying this dramatic reversal of type 2 diabetes following these bariatric procedures are not well understood.


Twelve Wistar rats were fed with a palatable hyperlipidic diet for 12 weeks. Body weight, glucose, and intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test were measured regularly. On day 91, they were randomized in two groups (hindgut and controls) and operated. Twenty-one days later, the tests were done again and the hindgut group re-operated. A duodenal exclusion was done. The results of an intraperitoneal glucose tolerance test were compared after the procedures.


Body weight increased regularly in all the rats. Some rats developed hyperglycemia 28 days after beginning hyperlipidic diet, but these levels returned to baseline on days 56 and 84. The glucose tolerance test showed an improvement in glycemic levels in the hindgut group 21 days after the first operation (151 ± 21mg/dl). After the second operation, despite weight loss, the glucose tolerance test of the foregut group worsened again (267 ± 53 mg/dl) (p < 0.01).


Comparing the “hindgut hypothesis” and the “foregut hypothesis”, our data show an improvement in the 30 min glucose tolerance test in the hindgut group.