Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 439–445 | Cite as

Does endogenous GLP-1 affect resting energy expenditure and fuel selection in overweight and obese adults?

  • E. Poggiogalle
  • L. M. Donini
  • C. Chiesa
  • L. Pacifico
  • A. Lenzi
  • S. Perna
  • M. Faliva
  • M. Naso
  • M. Rondanelli
Original Article



To investigate the association between fasting glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) levels and resting energy expenditure (REE), and respiratory quotient (RQ) in overweight and obese adults.


Study participants were enrolled at the Dietetic and Metabolic Unit, University of Pavia, Italy. Inclusion criteria were age ≥ 25 and ≤ 45 years, and body mass index (BMI) ≥ 25 and ≤ 35 kg/m2. Diabetic subjects were excluded. Body composition was measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. REE was evaluated using indirect calorimetry, and RQ was calculated from respiratory gas exchanges. Fasting GLP-1, glucose, insulin and free fatty acid (FFA) levels, and 24-h norepinephrine urinary excretion were measured. Homeostasis model assessments of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) and beta-cell function (HOMA-β) were calculated.


Thirty-seven participants were included (age 43.4 ± 1.6 years; BMI 30.6 ± 0.5 kg/m2). REE was not associated with fasting GLP-1 levels (p = 0.98) after adjustment for age, sex, fat-free mass (FFM), and fat mass (FM). Similarly, no association was observed between RQ and GLP-1 levels (p = 0.95), after adjustment for age, sex, and body fat.


In adults subjects with increased adiposity fasting, GLP-1 levels do not seem to play a role in the regulation of energy metabolism and in fuel selection.


Glucagon-like peptide 1 Resting energy expenditure Respiratory quotient Norepinephrine Obesity 


Author contributions

EP, LMD, and CC contributed equally to this work; MR and LMD designed the research; SP, MF, and MN performed the research; EP and LP analyzed the data; EP, LMD, CC, and AL wrote the paper. All authors participated in the critical review and in the final approval of the manuscript.

Compliance with ethical standards


No funding.

Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Poggiogalle
    • 1
  • L. M. Donini
    • 1
  • C. Chiesa
    • 2
  • L. Pacifico
    • 3
  • A. Lenzi
    • 1
  • S. Perna
    • 4
  • M. Faliva
    • 4
  • M. Naso
    • 5
  • M. Rondanelli
    • 4
  1. 1.Medical Pathophysiology, Food Science and Endocrinology Section, Department of Experimental MedicineSapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Translational PharmacologyNational Research CouncilRomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Pediatrics and Childhood NeuropsychiatrySapienza University of RomeRomeItaly
  4. 4.Endocrinology and Nutrition Unit, Section of Human Nutrition, Department of Public Health, Experimental and Forensic MedicineUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly
  5. 5.Department of Clinical SciencesUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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