Acta Diabetologica

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 209–216 | Cite as

Glucose homeostasis abnormalities in cardiac intensive care unit patients

  • Jacob Ilany
  • Ibrahim Marai
  • Ohad Cohen
  • Shlomi Matetzky
  • Malka Gorfine
  • Idit Erez
  • Hanoch Hod
  • Avraham Karasik
Original Article


The aim of this study was to characterize the abnormalities in glucose homeostasis in intensive care unit patients following an acute coronary event. The study population included all non-diabetic patients ages 20–80 years that were admitted to a coronary intensive unit. Glucose, insulin and C-peptide levels during an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) were measured during the acute admission. From January to September 2003, 277 patients were admitted to the coronary unit. Of these, 127 patients underwent an OGTT. Of these, only 29 patients (23%) exhibited normal glucose metabolism. The remainder had type 2 diabetes (32%), impaired glucose tolerance (37%) or isolated impaired fasting glucose (8%, 100–125 mg/dl). Based on homeostasis model assessment (HOMA) calculations, diabetic patients had impaired β-cell function and patients with elevated fasting glucose levels were insulin resistant. Beta-cell dysfunction during the acute stress seems to contribute to the glucose abnormalities. Most patients who experience an acute coronary event demonstrate abnormal glucose metabolism. Post glucose-load abnormalities are more common than abnormal fasting glucose level in this situation. It is postulated that the acute stress of a coronary event may contribute to the dysglycemia.


Coronary disease Diabetes mellitus Impaired glucose tolerance Impaired fasting glucose Insulin resistance 



This study was supported by a grant from the Israeli Association for the Study of Diabetes. The authors wish to thank the nursing staff of the ICCU for their help in this work, and Dr. Aubrey Stoch for his help in preparing the manuscript.

Conflict of interest statement



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob Ilany
    • 1
  • Ibrahim Marai
    • 2
  • Ohad Cohen
    • 1
  • Shlomi Matetzky
    • 2
  • Malka Gorfine
    • 3
  • Idit Erez
    • 1
  • Hanoch Hod
    • 2
  • Avraham Karasik
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of EndocrinologySheba Medical CenterRamat GanIsrael
  2. 2.Heart Institute, ICCUSheba Medical CenterRamat GanIsrael
  3. 3.Faculty of Industrial Engineering and ManagementTechnion, Israel Institute of TechnologyHaifaIsrael

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