, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 168–174 | Cite as

Insulin-like growth factor-I correlates more closely than growth hormone with insulin resistance and glucose intolerance in patients with acromegaly

  • Dan Niculescu
  • Mariana Purice
  • Mihail CoculescuEmail author


In normal subjects growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) have opposing effects on glucose metabolism. Active acromegaly is associated with insulin resistance (IR) and glucose intolerance although both GH and IGF-I are elevated. Our objective was to compare whether GH or IGF-I correlates more closely with IR and glucose intolerance in acromegaly. Basal serum IGF-I and GH, glucose and insulin during an oral glucose tolerance test were measured in 70 normoglycemic and 44 hyperglycemic acromegalic patients (21 impaired fasting glucose, 11 impaired glucose tolerance and 12 diabetes mellitus) according to American Diabetes Association criteria. 55 patients were assessed before any treatment for acromegaly and 59 after surgery and/or radiotherapy (15 patients had normal IGF-I after treatment). Patients treated with somatostatin analogs, GH-receptor antagonists or antidiabetic drugs were excluded. IR was assessed by various basal and stimulated indices. Homeostatic Model Assessment 2-Insulin Resistance (HOMA2-IR) index correlated more closely with IGF-I (r = 0.65, p < 0.0001) than nadir (r = 0.23, p = 0.008) or random GH (r = 0.26, p = 0.002). HOMA2-IR correlated better with IGF-I than nadir or random GH also in normoglycemic (n = 70; r = 0.74, p < 0.0001 vs. r = 0.36, p = 0.001 vs. r = 0.39, p < 0.001) and hyperglycemic patients (n = 44; r = 0.54, p = 0.0002 vs. r = 0.09, p = 0.4 vs. r = 0.14, p = 0.26). In multivariate logistic regression analysis IGF-I but not GH was a significant risk factor for glucose intolerance after adjusting for age, sex, weight and acromegaly duration (OR = 1.56, p = 0.01). In acromegaly IGF-I correlates more closely than GH with IR. IGF-I levels but not GH are associated with glucose intolerance.


Insulin-like growth factor-I Growth hormone Insulin resistance Glucose intolerance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dan Niculescu
    • 1
  • Mariana Purice
    • 2
  • Mihail Coculescu
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of EndocrinologyCarol Davila University of Medicine and PharmacyBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear MedicineC. I. Parhon National Institute of EndocrinologyBucharestRomania

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