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Cortisol and Growth Hormone

Growth hormone (GH) and Cortisol are thought to become important glucose-raising hormones only after hypoglycaemia has been prolonged for more than one hour. However, defects in Cortisol and GH release can cause profound and prolonged hypoglycaemia because of a reduction in hepatic glucose production and, to a lesser extent, by exaggeration of insulin-stimulated glucose uptake by muscle. Abnormalities in growth hormone and cortisol secretion in response to hypoglycaemia are characteristic of long-standing type 1 diabetes, affecting up to a quarter of patients who have had diabetes for more than ten years. In rare cases, coexistent endocrine failure such as Addison's disease or hypopituitarism also predisposes patients to severe hypoglycaemia. Pituitary failure, although uncommonly associated with type 1 diabetes, occasionally develops in young women as a consequence of ante-partum pituitary infarction. As an intact hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis is important for adequate...

Growth hormone GH and insulinlike growth factors IGFs

The GH IGF system constitutes a complex system of peptides in the circulation, extracellular space and most tissues. Pituitary-secreted GH classically induces IGF-I synthesis in various organs through activation of specific growth hormone receptors (GHRs). The effects of IGF-I and IGF-II are mediated through two specific IGF receptors, the IGF-I receptor (IGF-IR), or type 1 IGF receptor, and the IGF-II man-nose-6-phosphate receptor (IGF-II man-6-PR), or type 2 IGF receptor, the latter playing a role in the trafficking of lysosomal enzymes.112,113 IGFs are bound to specific IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs), of which six high-affinity (IGFBP-1 to IGFBP-6)114115 and several low-affinity IGFBP-related proteins (IGFBP-rP)116 have Table 5.2 Growth hormones and cytokines that have been implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic kidney desease list of different components of the growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor (GH-IGF) axis, transforming growth factor p (TGF-P) system, and vascular...

Prolactin Growth Hormone and Placental Lactogen

Several studies have demonstrated that prolactin (PRL) and growth hormone (GH) secreted by the pituitary and the closely related placental lactogen (PL) secreted by the placenta during pregnancy may play an important role in the regulation of pancreatic islet growth and function. In homologous systems, islet P-cells respond to PRL and PL via an increase in cell proliferation as well as an enhancement of P-cell function, through a lowering of the threshold for glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) (68,69). This has been demonstrated in vivo by PRL infusion into rats (69), and in vitro by exposing islets from several different species to these peptides (70). Among the several islet growth factors studied to date, PL and PRL seem to be among the most potent in their ability to stimulate P-cell proliferation.

Growth Hormones And Cytokines

Due to their growth-promoting and proliferative effects, various growth factors and cytokines have been supposed to be important in the development of diabetic kidney disease.111 In particular, growth hormone (GH) insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), TGF-ps, and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) have measurable effects on the development of experimental diabetic kidney disease. Some of these effects are not mediated by their action as hormones, but directly through paracrine autocrine mechanisms (Table 5.2).

Growth Hormone

Growth hormone (GH) has been used for more than 40 years. GH improves height velocity in many conditions associated with impaired growth and corrects metabolic deficits attributable to GH deficiency (GHD). The approved indications for growth hormone have expanded substantially in the last several years. Now, it is also approved for the treatment of cachexia associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) (72). It is also approved as replacement therapy in the elderly with GHD. For all these purposes, the dosages are in excess of those previously recommended. These pharmacological uses have resulted in an increased incidence of glucose intolerance and DM especially among the elderly population as they are likely to be overweight, resulting in increased insulin resistance. An increased incidence of hyperglycemia has also emerged among children receiving GH in the setting of small for gestational age, Prader-Willi syndrome and Turner Syndrome (73). In addition, off-label uses...

Growth hormoneIGF

Abnormalities of growth hormone (GH) secretion and or altered IGF-I concentrations may play a pathogenetic role in PCOS as in vitro and in vivo evidence supports a stimulatory role of GH in early and later stages of folliculogenesis and ovulation (Hull and Harvey, 2001). Therefore, reduced GH secretion may contribute to impaired follicular development and anovulation in PCOS. Abdominal obesity, which can exacerbate insulin resistance and reproductive features of the PCOS is associated with profoundly reduced and disorderly GH secretion (Pijl et al., 2001). Plasma GH concentrations in PCOS have been reported as reduced, normal or increased (Katz et al., 1993). The majority of studies in PCOS have evaluated the status of the somatotropic axis on the basis of acute secretagogue-stimulated GH release and reported a blunted GH response in women with PCOS compared with weight-matched controls (Wu et al., 2000 Villa et al., 2001). Recently, a profound reduction of daily basal (62 per cent)...

Wolcottrallison Syndrome

Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia associated with permanent neonatal diabetes in three siblings was originally described in 1972 (35). Children with this syndrome classically present with neonatal or early infancy onset, permanent insulin-requiring diabetes mel-litus. There may or may not be an increased tendency to fractures of the long bones, and children walk with a waddling, lordotic gait, with genu valgum. Radiological investigations show epiphyseal dysplasia, with symmetrically small epiphyses, irregular in outline and poorly calcified. Other abnormalities include short stature, ectodermal dysplasia, and brown mottling of the teeth near the gums. Multisystemic

Syndromes Of Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance is an important feature of type 2 diabetes, and failure of insulin action in the peripheral insulin sensitive tissues, skeletal muscle, and adipose tissue is a major part of disease pathogenesis. Rare inherited syndromes of extreme insulin resistance have been vital in identifying genes involved in the insulin signaling pathway. One of these, Rabson-Mendenhall syndrome, consists of pineal hyperplasia, facial dysmorphism, phallic enlargement in males, short stature, acanthosis nigricans, and premature dentition. Diabetes mellitus presents between 3 and 7 yr of age, with death from ketoacidosis in the second decade. The diabetes is highly insulin resistant. Survivors develop later widespread microvascular disease (69). The syndrome is caused by insulin-receptor mutations leading to defective binding capacity (70). A model of treatment for this condition has been described, using monoclonal antibodies acting as a substitute for the normal ligand, thereby activating the...

Neuroendocrine Activation

Insulin-induced hypoglycaemia was used to study pituitary function as early as the 1940s. The development of assays for adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and growth hormone (GH) allowed the direct measurement of pituitary function during hypoglycaemia in the 1960s, and many of the processes governing these changes were unravelled before elucidation of the counterregulatory system. The studies are comparable to those evaluating counterregulation, in that potential regulatory factors are blocked to measure the hormonal response to hypoglycaemia with and without the regulating factor. Growth hormone releasing hormone Growth hormone GH Growth hormone secretion is governed by two hypothalamic hormones growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) which stimulates GH secretion, and somatostatin which is inhibitory. GHRH secretion is stimulated by dopamine, GABA, opiates and through alpha adrenoceptors, whereas it is inhibited by serotonin and beta adrenoceptors. A study in rats showed that...

Classification of diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is not a single disorder, but a collection of conditions with a common end result of raised blood glucose. Two main types of diabetes account for more than 95 of all cases of diabetes a minority of cases are due to various specific metabolic or genetic causes. Type 1 diabetes is a condition due to absolute insulin deficiency secondary to autoimmune destruction of the insulin-containing P-cells of the pancreas gland. Type 2 diabetes is a condition due to relative insulin deficiency and or impaired biological response to insulin ( insulin resistance ).15 Type 1 diabetes probably represents 5 to 10 of all cases of diabetes, and type 2 diabetes accounts for 85 of all cases. Other forms of diabetes may be secondary to other metabolic disorders, such as the endocrine disorder acromegaly in which excessive production of growth hormone inhibits the action of insulin or due to pancreatic problems (e.g., after surgical removal of pancreas) (Table 1.1). Individuals are usually...

Albumin Excretion Rate Among Children With And Without Diabetes

These findings are consistent with recent results reported on overnight collections of urine 15,16 . In non-diabetic adolescents, the relationship between AER, body surface area and level of maturity was fairly constant, which is in accordance with the results of Gibb et al. 17 . By contrast, in diabetic adolescents, AER was positively correlated with body surface area and age. This correlation was independent of the current HbA1c level, suggesting that specific metabolic changes other than poor blood glucose control might affect AER, particularly in diabetic subjects during the pubertal period. Hypersecretion of growth hormone (GH) as a result of altered feedback drive from reduced insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-1) levels and IGF-1 bioactivity have been demonstrated in adolescents with Type 1 diabetes 28 , which may lead to glomerular hyperfiltration 29 and an increased risk of developing microalbuminuria 30 .

Determinants For Glomerular Hyperfunction And Hypertrophy

Growth hormone (GH) and glucagon represent possible mediators of diabetic hyperfiltration. Both hormones induce elevation in GFR when injected (through GH not acutely) 49,50 increased plasma levels of the hormones may be brought about by the diabetic state, and a statistical correlation between plasma levels and GFR has been reported for both hormones 51 . The influence of GH

Fetal Growth and Metabolic Consequences

Infants of diabetic mothers display excess fetal growth, often resulting in large-for-gestational age (LGA) or macrosomic (13) infants, consequently increasing the risk for cesarean delivery and traumatic birth injury (14). Excess fetal growth is caused by increased substrate availability, including but not necessarily limited to glucose. While maternal glucose freely crosses the placenta, maternal insulin does not. As a result, the fetus receives excessive nutrition, and the fetal pancreas responds by producing increased insulin to meet the excessive glucose load. Insulin acts as a fetal growth hormone and promotes growth and adiposity (7).

Openloop Systems Csii

In many patients receiving insulin injections, the blood glucose levels increase significantly between about 0300 and 0800 h this is known as the dawn phenomenon (19) and is the result of a decrease in insulin sensitivity caused by nocturnal surges of growth hormone (20,21), combined with a waning of insulin action as insulin levels decline from the previous evening's delayed-action insulin injection. This cause of poor control can be countered in CSII patients by an appropriate choice of nocturnal basal rate (22) or by setting the pump to automatically deliver an increased predawn

Physiological Response To Hypoglycemia

The physiologic counterregulatory response to hypoglycemia involves neuroendocrine, ANS, and metabolic processes. This includes the suppression of insulin release as well as secretion of glucagon and pancreatic polypeptide from the pancreas, epinephrine from the adrenal medullae, norepinephrine from sympathetic postganglionic nerve terminals and adrenal medulla, cortisol from the adrenal cortex, and growth hormone from the anterior pituitary gland (11-13). In humans, inhibition of insulin secretion is the initial defense against a falling glucose and occurs at a plasma glucose concentration of about 80 mg dL. The brain is one of the first organs affected and is most vulnerable to any glucose deprivation. Cortisol and growth hormone increase glucose production and restrain glucose disposal during hypoglycemia. However, these hormones have little or no role in the defense against acute hypoglycemia but become more important during prolonged hypoglycemia (9). Their effects do not become...

Counterregulatory Mechanisms

Because many physiological processes alter with advancing age in humans, it is important to determine whether the ageing process per se may affect the nature and efficacy of the glucose counter-regulatory response to hypoglycaemia. In non-diabetic elderly subjects, a study of the counter-regulatory hormonal responses to hypoglycaemia induced by an intravenous infusion of insulin suggested that diminished secretion of growth hormone and cortisol is a feature of advanced age (Marker, Cryer and Clutter 1992), and a modest impairment of hormonal counter-regulatory secretion was present with some attenuation of the blood glucose recovery (Marker et al 1992). Insulin clearance was reduced, as was the secretion of gluca-gon, while the release of adrenaline was delayed, and these changes were unaffected by preceding physical training, suggesting that they were not related to a sedentary lifestyle (Marker et al 1992). However, a study using the hyperinsulinaemic glucose clamp technique has...

Glucose Counterregulation

An increased frequency of severe or fatal hypoglycemia (Stepka, Rogala and Czyzyk 1993). A number of studies have evaluated glucose counter-regulation in elderly subjects to try to determine the cause of the increased frequency of hypoglycemia, and some important observations have emerged. Many elderly patients with diabetes have not been educated about the warning symptoms of hypoglycemia and as a consequence do not know how to interpret the symptoms when they occur (Thomson et al 1991). The most important hormone in the defence against hypoglycemia in normal subjects is glucagon. If glucagon responses are deficient, epinephrine becomes important, and growth hormone and cortisol come into pay if hypoglycemia is prolonged for several hours. Gluca-gon and growth hormone responses to hypoglycemia are impaired in healthy elderly subjects and to an even greater extent in older patients with diabetes (Figure 2.7) (Meneilly et al 1994). Even when they are educated about the symptoms of...

Intensive Insulin Regimens

Dose Insulin

The typical starting daily dose of insulin is 0.5 U kg of body weight, although most patients with type 1 diabetes eventually need about 0.6-0.7 U kg. However, the total daily dose may be substantially changed in certain circumstances. In pregnancy, doses decrease in the first trimester, but then may increase substantially during the second and third trimesters. This effect is further described in Chapter 19. During adolescence, circulating growth hormone counteracts insulin activity, and daily doses up to 1.5 U kg body wt may be needed. In contrast, young children may be treated with smaller amounts of insulin to reduce the risk of hypoglycemic reactions.

Pancreatic clamp tests

In order to achieve a maximal possible suppression of endogenous insulin, glucagon and growth hormone release during hyperinsulinaemic clamp tests, a concomitant infusion of somatostatin can be applied (Gottesman etal. 1982 Best etal. 1983 Basu etal. 2000). Glucose clamp tests applying an infusion of somatostatin are commonly referred to as pancreatic clamp tests. Most investigators start the somatostatin infusion a few minutes before or simultaneously with the start of the insulin infusion. The infusion rates of somatostatin vary largely throughout the literature, ranging from 250 g per hour (Gottesman etal. 1982 Hawkins etal. 2002) to 360 g per hour (Henriksen etal. 2000) to 0.1 g-kg-1-min-1 (Krssak etal. 2004). One frequently reported side effect of high dose somatostatin infusions is abdominal discomfort. The use of somatostatin can be advantageous when stimulation of endogenous insulin secretion by substrates or pharmacological agents is to be minimised. One should be aware that...

Oral diabetes medications or oral hyperglycemic medications

Stress hormones or counter-regulatory hormones Hormones released during stressful situations, such as an illness or infection. These hormones include glucagon, epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine, cortisol, and growth hormone. They cause the liver to release glucose and the cells to release fatty acids for extra energy. If there's not enough insulin present in the body, these extra fuels can build up and lead to hyper-glycemia and ketoacidosis.

Insulin Resistance and Its Relevance to Treatment

Catecholamines And Insulin Resistance

Insulin regulates several key metabolic steps (fig. 1). In doing so, insulin is opposed by the four counterregulatory hormones (the rapid-acting glucagon and catecholamines, and the slow-acting growth hormone and cortisol). Insulin affects the pathways of glucose utilization as well as the synthesis and degradation of macromolecules (glycogen, triglycerides and proteins) by regulating the activity of 'key enzymes'. Indeed, along each metabolic pathway, there is one or more key step(s) catalyzed by key enzymes. These are enzymes which, because of their low activity and sensitivity to regulatory factors (including hormones), regulate the overall rate of the pathway to which they belong. In particular, insulin (or, better, its prevalence over the counterregulatory hormones) exerts the following effects (fig. 1)

Mechanisms Of Hyperfiltration In Diabetes

Increased plasma levels of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 Impaired afferent arteriolar voltage-gated calcium channels Considering the simple fact that without the hyperglycemia and other factors characteristic for the diabetic milieu there would be no hemodynamic changes or nephropathy, the diabetic metabolic milieu must contribute. Hyperglycemia and or insulinopeniaper se 20,33 , together with augmented growth hormone and glucagon levels 34,35 , have been invoked in this process. Reduction of plasma glucose with initial institution of therapy reduces GFR in both Type 1 and 2 DM 33,36 . In moderately hyperglycemic diabetic rats, normalization of blood glucose levels reverses hyperfiltration 37 , and insulin infusion reduces PGC 38 . By contrast, insulin infusion sufficient to produce hyperinsulinemia, with euglycemia, increases PGC and hyperfiltration in normal rats 39 . Further, infusion of blood containing early glycosylation products reproduces glomerular...

The Somogyi Phenomenon The Concept Of Rebound Hyperglycaemia

Counterregulatory Hormones Diabetes

In the late 1930s, a Hungarian biochemist, Michael Somogyi, working in St Louis, USA, suggested that nocturnal hypoglycaemia might provoke rebound hyperglycaemia on the following morning, and he supported his hypothesis with a demonstration that reducing evening doses of insulin led to a reduction in fasting urinary glycosuria (Somogyi, 1959). He proposed that nocturnal hypoglycaemia provokes a counterregulatory response with rises in plasma epinephrine, cortisol and growth hormone resulting in the release of glucose from the liver and inhibition of the effects of insulin over the next few hours. The logical conclusion from his hypothesis was that this 'rebound' elevated fasting blood glucose in the morning should be treated, not by an increase in the evening dose of insulin, but paradoxically by a reduction. The idea of 'rebound hyperglycaemia' following nocturnal hypoglycaemia, (also known as the Somogyi phenomenon) as an explanation for a high fasting blood glucose in...

DPP and DPP Inhibitors

GLP Glucagon-like peptide GRH growth hormone-releasing hormone GIP glucose-dependent insulinotropic peptide PACAP pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide IGF insulin-like growth factor hCG human chorionic gonadotropin RANTES regulated on activation normal T cell expressed and secreted.

Etiology And Precipitating Factors

Glucose levels rise in the setting of relative insulin deficiency. The low levels of circulating insulin prevent lipolysis, ketogenesis, and ketoacidosis (62) but are unable to suppress hyperglycemia, glucosuria, and water losses. Levels of counter-regulatory hormones such as glucagon, catecholamines, cortisol, and growth hormone are elevated, increasing gluconeogenic substrates, gluconeogenesis, and glycogenolysis. Meanwhile, glucose utilization is decreased. Glucose levels rise, leading to glucosuria, osmotic diuresis, and dehydration (14). Those patients who are unable to maintain an adequate fluid intake to compensate for the urinary losses, for example, elderly patients, will develop marked hyperglycemia and a hyperosmolar state. Mental status changes are more common in HHS than in DKA because of the greater degrees of hyperosmolarity in HHS (63).

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Role of glucagon, catecholamines, and growth hormone in human glucose counterregulation. Effects of somatostatin and combined alpha- and beta-adrenergic blockade on plasma glucose recovery and glucose flux rates after insulin-induced hypoglycemia. J Clin Invest 1979 64 62-71.

Risk factors of youth type diabetes mellitus

Most youth who have T2DM present at a mean age of 13.5 years, around the time of puberty 56,85 . Puberty is associated with transient insulin resistance that manifests as hyperinsulinemia in response to an oral glucose tolerance test 94 and to intravenous glucose tolerance test 95 . Measurement of in vivo insulin sensitivity using the hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp technique demonstrated that insulin sensitivity is on average 30 lower in adolescents between Tanner stages II and IV of puberty, compared with prepubertal children and young adults 96-98 . In the presence of normally functioning pancreatic beta-cells, puberty-related insulin resistance is compensated by increased insulin secretion 99 , which leads to peripheral hyperinsulinemia. The transient increase in growth hormone secretion during normal puberty, but not sex steroids, seems to be the most probable cause of the transient insulin resistance of puberty 89,100 .

Pathogenesis and Pathophysiology

Growth hormone and Cortisol, all of which have well-described metabolic actions. The metabolic actions of cytokines are in general not so well understood and it is possible that many of these actions are mediated by hypothalamo-pituitary activation and subsequent elevation of catabolic hormones.

Etiology Of The Afferent Arteriolar Dilation Underlying Diabetic Hyperfiltration

H2o2 Redutcion

Results from the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (7,8) established that intensive insulin therapy aimed at near normalization of blood glucose levels reduces the occurrence of microalbuminuria and albuminuria by 39 and 54 , respectively, compared with conventional insulin therapy. These benefits were greatest when intensive therapy was initiated soon after onset of T1D, underscoring the importance of early hyperglycemia-induced processes in leading to development of DN. Whereas it seems likely that hyperglycemia triggers or promotes the development of diabetic hyperfiltration, the events linking hyperglycemia to impaired preglomerular microvascular function in T1D have not been definitively established. Indeed, intensive investigation of many different pathophysiological sequelae proposed to underlie diabetic hyperfiltration (renal prostaglandins, sorbitol, growth hormone, atrial natriuretic peptide, nitric oxide, glucagon, kallikrein-kinin system, the renin-angiotensin...

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Hull KL and Harvey S (2001) Growth hormone roles in female reproduction. J Endocrinol 168 1-23. Katz E Ricciarelli E and Adashi EY (1993) The potential relevance of growth hormone to female reproductive physiology and pathophysiology. Fertil Steril 59 8-34. Pijl H, Langerdonk JG, Burggraaf J et al. (2001) Altered neuroregulation of growth hormone secretion in viscerally obese premenopausal women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 86 5509-15. Van Dam EW, Roelfsema F, Helmerhorst FH et al. (2002a) Low amplitude and disorderly spontaneous growth hormone release in obese women with or without polycystic ovary syndrome. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 87 4225-30. Villa P, Soranna L, Mancini A et al. (2001) Effect of feeding on growth hormone response to growth hormone-releasing hormone in polycystic ovary syndrome relation with body weight and hyperinsulinism. Hum Reprod 16 430-4. Wu X, Sallinen K, Zhou S et al. (2000) Androgen excess contributes to altered growth hormone insulin-like growth factor-1 axis...

Pathological causes of obesity

Genetic and endocrine abnormalities are rare causes of obesity in childhood. However, they are important to mention as many parents of obese children are convinced that their child has an underlying 'hormonal' problem and this belief can be a significant barrier to the lifestyle changes that need to be made when tackling childhood obesity. The clinical features of these genetic and endocrine disorders are highlighted in Table 12.2. Children with simple obesity tend to be tall for their age as excess nutrition supplements the growth hormone drive to growth. They are also more likely to develop early puberty. Obese children with short stature, poor growth or delayed puberty should raise concern as they are more likely to have an underlying disorder for which they should be screened.

Preventing type diabetes

You can easily determine your BMI by using the following formula Multiply your weight (in pounds) by 703, then divide that number by your height (in inches). Divide that result by your height (in inches) again. If you use the metric system, divide your weight in kilograms by your height in meters and divide that result by your height in meters again. Using this formula, the 150-pound person with a height of 62 inches has a BMI of 27.5, while the person with the height of 70 inches has a BMI of 21.6. The result is expressed in kilograms per meter squared (kg m2).

Determining the cause

Dawn phenomenon, on the other hand, is caused by secretion of too much growth hormone during the night so that, by morning, it has raised the blood glucose to high levels. If your child's morning blood glucose levels are consistently high, nighttime long-acting insulin usually takes care of this problem and provides a more normal morning blood glucose.

Growth Puberty And Diabetes Insulin Deficiency And Resistance

The pubertal growth spurt is induced by sex hormones in both boys and girls, leading to increased amplitude of growth hormone (GH) pulses, and a rise in circulating insulinlike growth factor-1 (IGF-1) (26). Both the sex hormones and GH contribute to insulin resistance (27) and worsening glycemic control (28), such that insulin requirements rise during puberty from less than 1 U kg d to over 1.5 U kg d (29). Insulin also plays an important anabolic role during puberty. Failure to adequately increase insulin doses during this period has adverse effects on diabetic control, leading to the impairment of growth and pubertal development, as described earlier. Clearly, there are other well-recognized factors interfering with diabetic control during adolescence, including poor compliance with diet and insulin regimens and emotional and social stresses. However, inadequate insulin dosage during this period of increased insulin resistance and rapid growth is often overlooked as a cause of poor...

Dietary Modifications

Studies have also found that nitrite or nitrate-treated meats such as bacon, sausage, smoked foods, and lunch meats increase the risk of cancer 48 . Studies have also found that increased levels of vitamin C in the diet may decrease the risk of developing gastric cancer due to the harmful effects of nitrites nitrates in the diet 49 . Animal proteins that are cooked to the point of burning may also cause cancer. Studies have also reported that foods that are grilled or fried at high enough temperatures to blacken and char the meat have increased amounts of heterocyclic amines - known carcinogens 50 . Many of the problems in studies that found links between the consumption of saturated fats from meats and the incidence of cancer may be related to chemical contaminants, such as growth hormones, nitrates nitrites, and heterocyclic amines. The EPIC study showed that intake of vegetables and fruit negated cancer effects from nitrates. Growth hormones used in animal husbandry may also be...

Actions of Insulin and Glucagon

The cardinal hormonal alteration that triggers the metabolic decompensation of DKA is insulin deficiency accompanied by an excess of glucagon and the stress hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine, cortisol, and growth hormone (2,3,6). Insulin stimulates anabolic processes in liver, muscle, and adipose tissues and thereby permits glucose utilization and storage of the energy as glycogen, protein, and fat (see Table 1). Concurrent with these anabolic actions, insulin inhibits catabolic processes such as glycogenolysis, gluconeogenesis, proteolysis, lipolysis, and ketogenesis. Insulin deficiency curtails glucose utilization by insulin-sensitive tissues, disinhibits lipolysis in adipose tissue, and enhances protein breakdown in muscle. Glucagon acting unopposed by insulin causes increased glycogenolysis, gluconeogenesis, and ketogenesis. Although insulin and glucagon may be considered as the primary hormones responsible for the development of DKA, increased levels of the stress hormones...

Mitochondrial Diabetes

Patients with mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) disease may have a clinical syndrome that involves mitochondrial dysfunction that is easy to identify. As an example, patients with mitochondrial encephalopathy with lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS) present in childhood with short stature and develop bilateral deafness in their teens, and then diabetes, seizures, stroke-like episodes, and an encephalopathy in their third or fourth decade (14). Other patients have a constellation of clinical features that are highly suggestive of mitochondrial disease, but do not fall neatly into a specific syndrome category. An example is a history of migraine and diabetes. Finally, mito-chondrial diseases may have a non-neurological presentation, such as diabetes alone. Between 0.5 and 1 of adult diabetic patients are thought to harbor a causative mtDNA mutation (15).

Insulin Pump Treatment or Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion

Insulin pump therapy started in UK in 1976. Insulin pumps deliver a continuous basal insulin infusion (CSII) and patient-activated bolus doses at meal times. The pump is attached to the patients by an infusion set consisting of long flexible tubing with a needle or catheter on the end and is inserted subcuta-neously in the patient. In two meta-analysis CSII was compared with conventional insulin treatment 29,30 , which is not the actually used MDI. CSII caused a significant reduction in HbA1C of the size of 0.4-0.8 29,30 . This degree of improvement in glycaemic control for 10 years would reduce the number of patients developing retinopathy by about 5 29 . Using SIA for CSII provides a further small, but statistically significant improvement in glycaemic control (- 0.19 in HbA1C) as compared with regular insulin 31 . Therefore, the insulin of choice for CSII is now SIA. The frequency of hypo-glycaemia is less after CSII treatment rather than after MDI treatment in more recent studies...

Hypoglycemia In The Nondiabetic State

Counterregulation The initial endocrine response to a fall in blood glucose in non-diabetic humans is the suppression of endogenous insulin secretion. This is followed by the secretion of the principal counterregu-latory hormones, glucagon and epinephrine (adrenaline) (5). Cortisol and growth hormone also contribute, but have greater importance in promoting recovery during exposure to prolonged hypoglycemia. These hormones are released through simultaneous activation of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis and central autonomic centers within the brain, which stimulates the peripheral autonomic nervous system, particularly the sympathoadrenal system. Activation of the peripheral sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal glands provokes the release of a copious quantity of catecholamines, epinephrine, and norepinephrine, which have potent effects in mobilising 3-carbon precursors for glucose synthesis from peripheral tissues (skeletal muscle and adipose tissue) and also convert...

Precipitating Factors

The cardinal feature of DKA is a deficiency of insulin action brought about by an absolute or relative lack of insulin (1,7,16). In newly diagnosed patients or when insulin therapy has been omitted, an absolute lack of insulin is responsible for the development of DKA (7,16). In contrast, during acute illness, stress, most commonly the result of an infection, causes DKA to result from a relative deficiency of insulin, with insulin's action opposed by the surge in the counterregulatory hormones, glucagon, catecholamines, cortisol, and growth hormone (1-4). Acute and severe emotional stress may be an important precipitating factor for DKA in children (6,11). In most instances, emotional factors such as parental discord, peer pressure at school, and adolescent adjustment problems may serve to worsen an already disturbed metabolic state (6,7). In rare instances, these factors may appear to be the sole precipitating cause for DKA. However, the most common precipitating change in patients...

Normal Glucose Counterregulation

This appears to be the result of glycemic thresholds for the epinephrine responses at higher plasma glucose concentrations in children (19,20). The glucagon, growth hormone, and cortisol responses to hypoglycemia are similar in children and adults (18,19). In general, men have greater neuroendocrine and metabolic responses to hypoglycemia than women (21-24). This appears to be the result of greater sensitivity to a given level of hypoglycemia in men because the glycemic thresholds are similar in men and women (23,24). The mechanism(s) of these age and gender differences is not known.

Maternal Complications

Retinopathy, the growth and deterioration of blood vessels in the retina, leads to impaired vision and blindness. This disease is caused by poor blood circulation in the eye and the interplay of hypoxia with endothelial growth factors as a consequence of continually high blood glucose levels. Although pregnancy is not known to cause retinopathy, it can exacerbate pre-existing disease in the mother (19). The study conducted by Merimee et al. (20) in ateliotic dwarfs who lack growth hormone (GH) indicated that the lack of GH may prevent diabetic retinopathy. The investigators did not observe any retinopathy in their study group of patients completely lacking GH. Human chorionic somatomammotropin (HCS), present in high concentrations during pregnancy, is known to have GH-like qualities and may also contribute to the acceleration of neovascularization noted in pregnant women (21). Therefore, careful ophthalmic evaluation and monitoring is necessary before and during pregnancy to screen...

Identifying The Responsible Cellular Event

Insulin resistance is also frequently observed in clinical conditions associated with overproduction of counter-regulatory hormones such as cortisol, epi- nephrine, and growth hormone (6). Specifically, acromegaly, Cushing's syn- drome, and pheochromocytoma, on clinical grounds, are associated with attenuated insulin action and may present with impaired carbohydrate metabolism. A number of other human diseases and conditions characterized by insulin M resistance have been described, as recently reviewed by Hunter and Garvey these J are listed in Table 1 (6). a

What are the acute metabolic and hormonal effects of exercise on the body

During moderate intensity exercise in non-diabetic people, blood glucose levels remain essentially stable. This is due to the fact that hepatic glucose production (through glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis mentioned above) increases 2-4 fold, to compensate for the increased needs of the exercising muscles. Hepatic glucose production during and after the exercise session is under the direct control of glucagon and insulin and is mainly determined by the molecular relationship of glucagon insulin in the portal vein circulation. If moderate intensity exercise continues for several hours, hepatic glucose production can no longer compensate for the increased muscular utilization and plasma glucose levels tend to decrease. This, in conjunction with the increased insulin sensitivity that exercise produces, leads to a decrease in insulin secretion by the pancreas. In contrast, glucagon levels increase (which promotes glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis in the liver and lipolysis in the...

Investigating the pathogenesis of problematic hypoglycaemia

For comparative studies, subjects should be age and gender matched, as there are important differences in counterregulatory responses between sexes and age groups (Matyka et al. 1997 Davis et al. 2000). Mixing genders and ages will at the very least increase the variance of the measures made and may obscure differences resulting from other factors. If groups are of mixed gender in a cross sectional study, the gender distribution must be matched. Vigorous exercise and caffeine should be avoided prior to the study as they can also affect counterregulatory responses (Debrah et al. 1996 Sandoval et al. 2006). Subjects should be studied in the same position (lying or standing) as there is a greater perception of hypoglycaemic symptoms in the standing position than in the lying position (Hirsch et al. 1991). It is usual to study subjects in the fasting or post-absorptive state. This allows a steady-state baseline. In the fed state, symptoms of hypoglycaemia are decreased, but...

Diabetic Retinopathy in Pregnancy

The gestational effect on progression of DR is not completely understood. Many of the hormonal factors of pregnancy have been considered to increase the risk of development and progression of DR by several biochemical mechanisms that are not yet completely understood. Studies in vitro suggest that the growth factors, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), as well as placental growth hormone (pGH) that are produced by the placenta may contribute to retinopathy during pregnancy (62, 69, 70). An early clinical report of four nonpregnant patients with upregulation of IGF-1 prior to onset of retinal deterioration suggested that IGF-1 is a contributor to acceleration of DR (71). However, in a clinical study comparing pregnant diabetic women with nondiabetic pregnant women, it was reported that serum levels of IGF-1 and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) were lower among pregnant diabetic women than among nondiabetic pregnant...

Insulin secretion in individuals without diabetes

Both basal and nutritional insulin requirements vary considerably throughout the day, as well as from day to day. Nutritional insulin requirements vary primarily depending on the quantity, composition, and timing of food. Basal requirements tend to decrease with exercise and increase with stress or illness. Basal insulin requirements also may increase as the result of the dawn phenomenon , which has been attributed to morning rises in growth hormone and cortisol levels.

When counterregulatory hormones are released

As the blood glucose falls, it stimulates release of adrenaline, noradrenaline, glucagon, cortisol, and growth hormone. Adrenaline causes tachycardia with palpitations and tremor. Glucagon released from the pancreatic islet cells stimulates glucose release from the liver. However, in people with diabetes the glucagon response may be blunted or absent and excess insulin inhibits liver glucose release. The 'emergency' hormonal response to hypoglycaemia is called counter-regulation.

Counterregulatory Hormone Responses To Hypoglycemia In Women

There is a large sexual dimorphism in counterregulatory responses to hypoglycemia. It has been clearly demonstrated that both healthy young men and women with T1DM have reduced neuroendocrine, ANS, and EGP as compared to age and body mass indexed matched men (39-43). Davis et al. (2000) (43) illustrated that healthy and T1DM women have lower catecholamine, glucagon, cortisol, growth hormone, EGP, and lactate responses compared to age and BMI matched men. On the other hand, women have increased lipolytic responses to hypoglycemia. This sexual dimorphism also occurs during exercise and is not due to differences in glycemic thresholds for activation of counterregulatory responses (43) (Fig. 5).

Counterregulatory Hormone Responses To Hypoglycemia In Older Adults

Meneilly et al. (44) investigated the effects of age on counterregulatory responses during hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemic clamp studies. They reported that older adults with diabetes had reduced glucagon and growth hormone responses during hypoglycemia, but reported increased epinephrine and cortisol responses when compared to age matched nondiabetic controls. Even with this mixed review, hypoglycemic symptom scores were similar in both the groups at all levels of glycemia (44).

Components Of The Physiologic Insulin Regimen

Correction- or supplemental-dose insulin is used to treat hyperglycemia that occurs before or between meals despite administration of routine daily doses of basal and prandial insulin, and is taken in addition to these standing doses. When the patient with diabetes is ill or stressed, total daily insulin requirements commonly increase. This increase in insulin requirement is a result of release of insulin counter-regulatory hormones, predominantly cortisol and catecholamines, and to a lesser extent glucagon and growth hormone, which

Physiological actions of glucagon

Although insulin is the main glucose-lowering hormone, a number of humoral factors may increase blood glucose concentrations, including glucagon, catecholamines, cortisol, and growth hormone. Glucagon is a peptide hormone released by a-cells of the pancreas in response to drops in blood glucose concentration. In vivo experiments in dogs have shown that glucagon secretion increases twofold in response to a fall in glucose from 100 mg dl (5.6 mmol l) to 80 mg dl (4.5 mmol l).5 The principal target organ of glucagon action is the liver, in which it increases glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis and inhibits glycogenesis and glycolysis.* Glucagon acts via hepatic cell surface G-protein-coupled receptors by a number of intracellular mechanisms whose net result is that hepatic glucose production increases and blood glucose rises. Increasing evidence suggests that, in type 2 diabetes, hyperglucagonemia and or an imbalance between the glucagon insulin ratio is present.6

Age Obesity And Glucose Counterregulation

Furthermore, it appears that the glycaemic thresholds for the secretion of epinephrine and growth hormone are set at a higher blood glucose level in non-diabetic children compared to adults (Jones et al., 1991). In children with type 1 diabetes, the secretion of epinephrine in response to hypoglycaemia commences at an even higher level. In children who have markedly elevated HbA1c values, there is a further shift of the blood glucose threshold to a higher level for the release of counterregulatory hormones. Both the autonomic nervous system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis are activated in excess in the morbidly obese. Before and after bariatric surgery (average weight loss 40 kg over 12 months), severely obese non-diabetic subjects, underwent a hyperinsulinaemic hypoglycaemic clamp (blood glucose 3.4 mmol l). Before weight reduction, patients demonstrated brisk peak responses in glucagon, epinephrine, pancreatic polypeptide, and norepinephrine. After surgery and during...

The Need To Tightly Control Glycemia

The normal defense mechanisms against hypoglycemia consist primarily of glucagon release from a-cells of the pancreatic islet followed shortly afterward by epinephrine release from the adrenal medulla (2). Cortisol and growth hormone secretion serve more chronic, long-term protective roles. Glucagon released into the portal circulation travels quickly to hepatocytes to induce glycogenolysis, which releases glucose into the systemic circulation via the hepatic vein. Glucagon is normally secreted when circulating glucose levels reach 50-60 mg dL. Soon thereafter, epinephrine is secreted and also stimulates glycogenolysis. In the early stages of diabetes mellitus, patients retain the ability to release glucagon and epinephrine during hypoglycemia. However, within several years, the glucagon response begins to diminish and is then lost in most patients (3). Eventually, the epinephrine response is also compromised although not usually not totally absent (4). The most serious aspect of this...

Insulin resistance in the general female population

Is striking, suggesting that it may have fundamental significance for those conditions linked with lower birth weight, such as insulin resistance or diabetes. However, previous hypotheses relating low birth weight to subsequent metabolic pathologies have addressed differences in insulin resistance within the sexes, not between them. It has recently been proposed that sex-specific genes affecting insulin sensitivity are responsible for the sex difference in birth weight. These genes may also render female subjects more susceptible to DM2, explaining why reports of this disorder in younger populations show a female preponderance. Sex-specific genes may therefore have a demonstrable impact on fetal growth and insulin resistance (13-15). This hypothesis is consistent with studies showing that female newborns have higher insulin concentrations than male newborns, despite being small, suggesting intrinsic insulin resistance in girls (16). Accordingly, another study showed that Caucasian...

Understanding hypoglycemic unaWareness

If your child suffers from hypoglycemic unawareness, he doesn't feel the warning adrenergic symptoms that alert him that his blood glucose is too low. He may have a reduced or no adrenaline response as well as a reduced cortisol and growth hormone response this means that nothing is raising his blood glucose as it falls. Without the warnings of palpitations, anxiety, and hunger,

Risk Factors For Obesity

Various medical genetic causes of obesity must also be considered. Endocrine conditions associated with weight gain include hypothyroidism, Cushing's syndrome, hypogonadism in the male, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in the female and growth hormone deficiency (42). Rare genetic causes of obesity include Prader-Willi syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome and Cohen's syndrome. Diabetes can be an obvious consequence of the severe obesity associated with such syndromes.

Counterregulation During Hypoglycaemia

That blood glucose starts to rise when plasma insulin concentrations are still ten times the baseline values means that it is not simply the reduction in insulin that reverses hypogly-caemia, but active counterregulation must also occur. Many hormones are released when blood glucose is lowered (see below), but glucagon, the catecholamines, growth hormone and cortisol are regarded as being the most important. Several studies have determined the relative importance of these hormones by producing isolated deficiencies of each hormone (by blocking its release or action) and assessing the subsequent response to administration of insulin. These studies are exemplified in Figure 1.4 which assesses the relative importance of glucagon, adrenaline (epinephrine) and growth hormone in the counterregulation of short term hypoglycaemia. Somatostatin infusion blocks glucagon and growth hormone secretion and significantly impairs glucose recovery (Figure 1.4a). If growth hormone is replaced in the...

Distinguishing between controlled and uncontrolled glucose

Other hormones besides insulin play an important role as control of glucose is lost. Each tries to raise the blood glucose to satisfy the needs of the tissues. I mention one such hormone, glucagon, from the A cells in the pancreas's islets of Langerhans, in the previous section. In addition, the adrenal glands located above the kidneys begin to secrete two important hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. After a while, the pituitary gland in the brain secretes growth hormone. Following is more information on these hormones Growth hormone breaks down body fat and decreases the uptake of glucose by blocking the action of insulin where it's necessary to open the cells to glucose, such as in the liver and muscles.

What are the effects of hypoglycaemia

Decrease in the plasma glucose level is initially accompanied by stimulation of the autonomic nervous system, as well as of various hormones compensatory to insulin (glucagon, catecholamines, growth hormone, cortisol). Afterwards, if blood glucose continues to decrease, neuropsychiatric manifestations occur. Compensatory hormones are secreted from a plasma glucose level of 65 mg dl (3.6mmol L). At the same time, from a level of 70 mg dl (3.9 mmol L), insulin secretion from the pancreas, in normal people, has started to decrease significantly (up to the level of complete cessation). Glucagon and adrenaline (epinephrine) are secreted immediately and act quickly, whereas the actions of cortisol and growth hormone are slow

Monitoring your glucose and ketones

1 Your daily food intake should be 35 to 38 kilocalories per kilogram of ideal body weight. (In this book, I use the term kilocalories rather than calories, which is an incorrect term.) You can use your height to determine your ideal body weight (IBW). As a woman, you should weigh 100 pounds if you are 5 feet tall, plus 5 pounds for every inch over 5 feet. For example, a 5-foot 4-inch woman should weigh 120 pounds, ideally (and approximately, because these numbers represent a range, not a single weight). You can change that figure to kilograms by dividing the pounds by 2.2. Then multiply that number by 35 to get the low end of the daily calorie intake and by 38 to get the high end. So if you weigh 120 pounds, you weigh 54.6 kilograms. Your daily food intake should be between 1,900 and 2,100 kilocalories.

Nutritional Considerations

High-carbohydrate diets have been demonstrated to increase basal plasma insulin levels in animals and humans (430,431). Dennison et al. suggested that consumption of ''fruit drinks'' equal to or greater than 12 fl oz day by young children was associated with short stature and with obesity (432). Indeed, marked obesity has been associated with elevated basal plasma insulin secretory response to glucose and protein (433,434). The hyperinsulinemia of obesity has been regarded as a compensatory adaptation to the peripheral insulin resistance characteristics of the obese state (435). Since the diets of moderately obese individuals are excessive in both total calories and in the quantity of carbohydrate ingested, the hyperinsulinemia of obesity may also be a consequence of these dietary factors rather than merely a secondary response to insulin resistance. Indeed, it has recently been shown that voluntary intake after a high-GI meal was 53 greater than that after a medium-GI meal, and 81...

Hypoglycaemic stimuli for research Insulin tolerance test

Most experimental hypoglycaemia is induced by insulin. An intravenous insulin challenge, called the insulin tolerance or insulin stress test, was the first test used to determine the effect of hypoglycaemia (Dell'acqua 1951 Hanzlicek & Knobloch 1951). This method was used in early studies that identified the role of the adrenal gland in protective responses to hypoglycaemia (Vogt 1951 De Pergola & Campiello 1953) and has also been used in the past to induce hypoglycaemic seizures as a treatment for severe depression (Mueller et al. 1969) and as a stimulus for gastric acid secretion in the standard Hollander test assessing the completeness of vagotomy (Colin-Jones & Himsworth 1970). It is still used to determine pituitary reserve for growth hormone and cortisol release.

Acquired Hypothalamic Alterations

Lesions of the ventromedial area of the hypothalamus (VMH) may result form inflammatory processes such as encephalitis, arachnoiditis, tuberculosis, or trauma, or malignancy (Frohlich syndrome) (305,306). Children with hypothalamic obesity may present with a history of foraging and stealing foods. They have a voracious appetite and may display frequent tantrums if food is denied. In children, craniopharyngioma is the most common CNS tumor that leads to hypothalamic and pituitary dysfunction (307). Hypothalamic obesity is often coupled with other hypothalamic-pituitary disturbances, which may exacerbate the obesity (e.g., growth hormone deficiency or hypothyroidism), but the obesity resists treatment with hormonal replacement (308,309). It is believed that hypothalamic injury leads to alterations in the appetite center, which can cause hyperphagia and obesity (310). However, there is increasing evidence that the hyperinsulinemia seen in this disorder plays a role in the development of...

Human Single Gene Mutations

Patients with Prader-Willi syndrome are characterized by hyperphagia, hypotonia, developmental delay, hypogonadism, and short stature (234). In these children, obesity may start during the first year of life and becomes prominent by the second year, which in the presence of hyperphagia can result in morbid obesity. They show extreme elevations of Ghrelin, the hunger hormone (235). It was previously suggested that a low metabolic rate caused the obesity in these children (236). However, it has been demonstrated that a lower energy requirement of these children is due to less FFM and not to an unusually low metabolic rate (237). Translocation or deletion of chromosome 15 q11-q12 uniparental maternal disomy, has been reported in about 50 of these patients (238). believed that excessive weight gain in these children is caused by disturbance of hypothalamic appetite center(s), which leads to increased food intake. Pseudo-hypoparathyroidism (Type 1A) (PHP) is also associated with obesity...

Measurement of counterregulatory hormones

The hormonal counterregulatory response to hypoglycaemia is a carefully orchestrated release of hormones that has a natural hierarchy in the non-diabetic individual that protects the individual from severe hypoglycaemia (Mitrakou et al. 1991). The first step is a reduction in insulin production, followed by the release of glucagon, adrenaline, cortisol and growth hormone (Cryer et al. 1989).

Metabolic Consequences Of Surgery In Type Diabetes

Surgery and, to a lesser extent, general anesthesia represent major stress with the release of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), cortisol, growth hormone, catecholamines, and glucagon. The magnitude of these counterregulatory responses is related to the severity of surgery (1-3) and the presence of complications such as sepsis. Increases in plasma epinephrine concentrations correlate with severity of stress (13,14) and can rise to concentrations that produce peripheral lipolysis, elevated plasma glucose and lactate, as well as inhibit insulin secretion in normal subjects (15,16). During surgery in otherwise healthy patients, cortisol and growth hormone are also significantly elevated. Together with a decrease in insulin levels, this can result in mild hyperglycemia in the perioperative period (17).

Caring for children of all ages

This and the following stage may be a very difficult time in terms of trying to keep good glucose control because of the production of large amounts of growth hormone, which tends to raise blood glucose. Don't expect perfection, and make sure your child doesn't either Maintaining reasonable good diabetic control, allowing the average blood glucose to be a little higher (to avoid hypoglycemia), and knowing that after your child grows out of the teen years he can achieve tighter control will get you through these stages with your sanity intact.

Finding your ideal weight range

The ideal weight for your height is a range and not a single weight at each height, but we use numbers that give a weight in the middle of that range. Because people have different amounts of muscle and different size frames, you're considered normal if your weight is plus or minus 10 percent of this number. For example, a person who is calculated to have an ideal weight of 150 pounds is considered normal at a weight of 135 (150 minus 10 percent) to 165 (150 plus 10 percent) pounds. Now you know your ideal weight for your height. What a surprise Yes, we know. You have big bones, but bear with us. It is amazing how often we have seen big bones melt away as weight is lost.


Glucagon, growth hormone and Cortisol were similar. Other studies, using intravenous bolus injection or infUsion of insulin to induce hypoglycaemia, demonstrated that the counter-regulatory hormonal responses were normal in people with Type 2 diabetes (Table 10.8). Meneilly, Cheung and Tuokko (1994b) used a glucose clamp method to lower the blood glucose in a stepwise fashion in older non-obese subjects, 10 having Type 2 diabetes (mean age 74 years) and 10 being healthy non-obese controls (mean age 72 years). At an arterialized blood glucose concentration of 2.8 mM, the subjects with diabetes exhibited lower increments of glucagon and growth hormone, whereas in the non-diabetic subjects the magnitudes of the adrenaline and cortisol secretory responses were higher. betic control group. Over a 12-hour period, the blood glucose recovery was slightly slower in the people with Type 2 diabetes and the maximal responses of gluca-gon, cortisol and growth hormone were 50 lower than those...

Considering hormoneinduced causes of diabetes

Acromegaly is the disease that occurs when a benign tumor of the pituitary gland in the brain makes excessive quantities of growth hormone. (In Chapter 2, I discuss the hormones that help to raise the blood glucose when it's abnormally lowered and mention the role of growth hormone.) Growth hormone is essential to normal growth of the bones, but it causes diabetes among other abnormalities when it's present in excessive amounts. growth hormone triggers a number of signs and symptoms that can help point doctors to the diagnosis of acromegaly. Following are some of these signs and symptoms of acromegaly Doctors diagnose acromegaly by obtaining multiple growth hormone blood tests and finding the average. In unafflicted people, growth hormone measurements throughout the day are usually undetectable, but people with acromegaly have measurable levels of growth hormone in all samples. The diagnosis is confirmed by an X-ray study of the pituitary gland, in which the tumor can be clearly seen....

Antipsychotic Agents Psychiatric Drugs

Low insulin-like growth factor-I The insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-I (IGFBP-I) are important for glucose homeostasis. Circulating IGF-I is dependent on growth hormone, insulin levels and nutrition. The median level of IGF-I was significantly lower in patients treated with clozapine compared with the patients on neuroleptics. Therefore, decreased IGF-I may be responsible for diabetes in patients treated with AAP drugs (140).

Causes Of Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance may be caused by rare genetic defects that alter insulin binding to its cellular receptors or cause defects in receptor or postreceptor signal trans-duction (1). Recently, defects in the nuclear receptor, PPARy, have also been linked to syndromes of severe insulin resistance (2). In addition, some endocrine-metabolic syndromes, such as Cushing's syndrome, acromegaly, and polycystic ovary syndrome, are associated with insulin resistance because of the hormonal imbalances associated with these conditions. However, in the most common forms of insulin resistance, single gene defects have not been identified and the development of insulin resistance represents a complex interaction among a poorly understood array of predisposing genetic factors and acquired environmental factors that modify insulin sensitivity. Among the latter, the most prominent are obesity (particularly intra-abdominal obesity), physical inactivity, and increasing age. It is also now well documented...

Rationale For Control Of Blood Glucose

Normal metabolism should be mimicked as closely as possible. Therapeutic goals include the avoidance of hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, lipolysis, ketogenesis, proteolysis, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalance. Type 1 diabetic patients should receive a continuous supply of insulin to avoid ketosis. Sufficient insulin should be supplied to counterbalance the hyperglycemic effects epinephrine, norepinephrine, cortisol, glucagon, and growth hormone

Mechanisms Of Counterregulatory Failure

In blood glucose (White et al., 1985) (Figure 6.10). Thus, patients with type 1 diabetes of long duration are at risk of severe and prolonged neuroglycopenia during hypoglycaemia as a direct consequence of inadequate glucose counterregulation. Although attenuated growth hormone and cortisol responses are less common, they are late manifestations in terms of diabetes duration.

Understanding your body mechanics during exercise

With exercise, insulin levels in nondiabetics and people with type 2 diabetes decline, because insulin acts to store and not release glucose and fat. Levels of glucagon, epinephrine, cortisol, and growth hormone increase to provide more glucose. Studies show that glucagon is responsible for 60 percent of the glucose, and epinephrine and cortisol are responsible for the other 40 percent. If insulin did not fall, glucagon could not stimulate the liver to make glucose.


A calorie is a unit of heat used to express the energy-producing content of foods. Your dietitian will determine how many calories you need every day, and how they should be divided among types of food, by considering your height, weight, age, activity level, growth needs, metabolism, and general life style. For example, an active young person of normal weight needs more calories than an inactive older person or an overweight person.


Reduced serum concentrations of GH are characteristically seen in obese children and adolescents and have been attributed to diminished GH secretion as well as accelerated GH clearance (322). Basal GH levels and GH release in response to pharmacologic stimuli namely arginine, insulin, l-dopa, clonidine, and GHRH are diminished in obese children and adults (322). However, the pituitary potential to secrete GH is conserved in obesity (323,324). The concentrations of IGF-1 tend to vary as it circulates bound to specific proteins called IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs) with variable affinities (325,326). Obese children present normal growth in spite of reduced GH secretion, likely due to the combination of increased total growth hormone binding protein (GHBP) and normal GH-GHBP complex serum concentrations, which corresponds to increased GH receptor (GHR) numbers and normal serum GH stores (327). This allows for the achievement of normal levels of IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 levels. This is...


Ghrelin, a 28-amino acid acylated hormone produced predominantly by the stomach (271), acts as a growth hormone secretagogue through its receptors located on hypothalamic neurons and in the brainstem. The main function of ghrelin is the regulation of pituitary growth hormone secretion independently of growth-hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) and somatostatin. It has been suggested that ghrelin is an endocrine link between the stomach, hypothalamus, and pituitary and it is important for the regulation of energy balance (272-274). In humans, ghrelin changes significantly throughout development, correlating with anthropo-metric and metabolic parameters during extrauterine life. The highest levels of ghrelin are found during early postnatal life, when growth hormone begins to exert its effects on growth and important changes in food intake


Insulin action can be antagonized by several hormones (e.g. growth hormone, cortisol, gluca-gon, epinephrine). Diseases associated with excess secretion of these hormones can cause diabetes (e.g. acromegaly, Cushing's syndrome, glucago-noma and pheochromocytoma) (68). These forms of hyperglycemia resolve when the hormone excess is removed. Somatostinoma and aldosteronoma-induced hypokalemia can cause diabetes at least in part by inhibiting insulin secretion (69, 70). Hyper-glycemia generally resolves following successful removal of the tumour.

Secondary diabetes

There are a small number of people who develop diabetes as a result of other diseases of the pancreas. For example, pancreatitis (or inflammation of the pancreas) can bring on the condition by destroying large parts ofthe gland. Some people suffering from hormonal diseases, such as Cushing's syndrome (the body makes too much steroid hormone) or acromegaly (the body makes too much growth hormone), may also have diabetes as a side-effect of their main illness. It can also be a result of damage to the pancreas caused by chronic over-indulgence in alcohol.


Initially, muscle activity is dependent upon muscle glucose, muscle glycogen and glucose from the peripheral circulation which enters muscle cells via the glucose transporter, GLUT4, which is an insulin-dependent mechanism. As exercise continues, insulin levels drop, while glucagon, adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol and growth hormone levels rise. This shift stimulates hepatic glycogenolysis and mobilization of triglycerides from fat. This allows muscle fuel supply to be maintained by sources not based on exhaustible muscle glycogen glycerol is a substrate for hepatic gluconeogenesis, free fatty acids are used directly by exercising muscles and glucose derives from hepatic glycogenolysis. Training for endurance running also enhances efficiency in fuel use by increasing mitochondrial activity, the proportion of slow twitch muscle fibres and muscle capillary density.


Fig. 1. (A) Early in the development of DKA, a decrease in the concentration of insulin relative to glucagon results in stimulation of glycogenolysis by promoting conversion of glycogen synthase a to inactive glycogen synthase (3 and conversion of phosphorylase (3 to active phosphorylase a. Gluco-neogenesis is also stimulated but plays a lesser role in the increase in hepatic glucose output at this stage than does glycogenolysis. An increase in the ratio of glucagon to insulin stimulates a decrease in fructose 2,6 bisphosphate concentrations mediated by phosphorylation of 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase fructose-2,6-bisphosphatase. The decreased concentration of fructose 2,6 bisphosphate inactivates the rate-limiting enzyme for glycolysis (6-phosphofructo-1-kinase) and stimulates gluconeogenesis via activation of fructose-2,6-bisphosphatase. Decreased insulin concentrations also result in a lower peripheral glucose uptake by muscle and adipose tissue with diminished transport of GLUT4 to the...


HSL is activated, with a concomitant 50-fold increase in activity, following cAMP-dependent protein phosphorylation at a single serine residue (Ser552) and releases two fatty acids from triacylglycerol the third is removed by mono-acylglycerol (Langin D et al., 1996). The phosphorylation of a second site, the basal site, not only inactivates HSL but also prevents any further activation at Ser552. Dephosphorylation of the basal residue reverses this process (Kruszyn-ska, 1997 Arner and Eckel, 1998). Activation of HSL by phosphorylation occurs in response to hormone receptor binding. The primary lipolytic agents in human adipocytes are catecholamines with a more limited effect exerted by growth hormone whilst insulin, insulin-like growth factors I and II, adenosine, prostaglandin E1 and neuropeptide Y, are all potent inhibitors of the process. The effects of the catecholamines are exerted through two types of adrenoreceptor-a and i 1,i2 and i3 (which activate adenylate cyclase and...


(as recommended) 30min before a meal will have a non-physiological elevation in circulating insulin some hours after they have stopped eating. Thus there is the risk of hypoglycaemia when approaching the preprandial state, accentuated by the fact that this is often when exercise is undertaken. Similarly, following a 10 p.m. injection of subcutaneous isophane insulin (e.g. Insulatard), there will be a peak of insulin action in the middle of the night, when anti-insulins such as cortisol and growth hormone are at their nadir, often resulting in nocturnal hypoglycaemia and morning (rebound) hyperglycaemia. It has been suggested that the use of the newer insulin analogues may reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia (Bolli etal., 1999). Rapid-acting analogues have a short duration of action, reducing late hypoglycaemia, while long-acting analogues such as insulin Glargine and Detemir have smoother profiles that may reduce peaks and troughs of insulin action and in particular reduce overnight...


Controlled clinical trials such as the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) (7,8) that have demonstrated that intensive treatment of hyperglycemia results in a reduction of the incidence and progression of retinopathy. The pathogenetic mechanisms for diabetic retinopathy may be arbitrarily grouped in various categories (e.g., biochemical, physiological, rheological, growth factor changes, and so on). There has been recent speculation that hyperglycemia may increase reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and that ROS may serve as a possible causal link by activating some of these pathways (e.g., aldose reductase, protein kinase C) and inducing others (e.g., advanced glycation endproduct formation) (22). The development and progression of retinopathy is likely secondary to a complex interplay of a number of these factors that may vary from person to person. It is likely that different mechanisms are operative and more important at...

Puberty and Diabetes

One hormone in particular is believed to be the culprit. During puberty, growth hormone stimulates bone and muscle mass to grow, and it also works to block insulin. At the same time, as blood sugar falls, another hormone called adrenaline is released into the bloodstream, which triggers the release of stored glucose. The result is that blood glucose can fluctuate up and down very quickly.


In addition to intensive glycemic control, humoral and paracrine factors such as growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor 1, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and other angiogenic factors may contribute to the development of retinopathy (52-56). The significance is that the placenta produces several


Coma diabeticum can appear not only in patients with type 1 diabetes but also in patients with type 2 diabetes. The high concentration of glucose in serum is always associated with an increased serum osmolality. In the untreated patient with type 1 diabetes, the absolute deficiency of insulin leads not only to hyperglycemia, but also to diabetic ketoacidosis. The extent of hyperglycemia in diabetic ketoacidosis is mainly determined by an increased hepatic glucose production the peripheral insulin resistance plays only a minor role in this situation (5). The blood levels of the insulin antagonizing hormones, like catecholamines, glucagon, cortisol and growth hormone, are in most cases increased in diabetic coma. Because of the complete deficiency of insulin in type 1 diabetes, the missing antilipolytic effect of insulin causes a dramatic increase in free fatty acids from adipose tissue. Metabolic pathways of fatty acids in liver regulate the ratio of insulin and glucagon. A low ratio...

Natural History

Insulin secretion increases in adolescence, probably in response to the reduction in insulin sensitivity brought on by puberty-related hormonal changes (29). Insulin resistance in this group appears to peak at Tanner stage 3, returns to prepubertal levels by Tanner stage 5 (30), and is probably related to changes in growth hormone (31) and adrenal steroid levels (29). Investigators have reported that insulin secretion in children at-risk for T1DM increases both before and during puberty, probably reflecting an expansion in beta-cell mass, and then decreases or remains stable during the adult years (32). While in high-risk adults, a relative decrease in insulin secretion over time predicted the development of T1DM, this was not the case for high-risk children and adolescents. Others have also documented that stimulated C-peptide secretion increases in at-risk subjects who do not progress to T1DM compared to no such change in progressors (33). It has been postulated that progression

Animal Data

The induction of severe hyperglycemia by intravenous streptozotocin early in pregnancy has been used in rat models to model the effect of preexisting diabetes on the offspring. In contrast to human studies, animal studies of mothers with severe hyperglycemia during pregnancy generally demonstrate growth-restricted offspring, rather than macrosomic or LGA. Abnormalities in the beta cell development have been reported (49), with increased mass and evidence of beta cell exhaustion likely secondary to overstimulation. In addition, these offspring demonstrate reduced glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, and insulin levels in the pancreas and plasma were reduced. Adult offspring show enhanced beta cell mass (50) but increased insulin resistance in response to euglycemic hyperin-sulinemic clamp (51, 52).

Ciq Kidney Disease

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Growth Hormone Cortisol, like growth hormone, becomes more important as hypoglycaemia becomes prolonged. Studies of hypoglycaemia in children have shown variable results. Brambilla found no increase in cortisol in either the diabetic or control group of toddlers studied (Brambilla et al., 1987), whereas others have documented an increase in cortisol both in children with and without diabetes (Amiel et al., 1987 Jones et al., 1991).


Lipogenesis Lipolysis

Previous studies have shown that LPL levels are higher in obese individuals than lean subjects. In addition LPL levels are observed to be higher in women than men and higher in femoral adipose tissue than abdominal subcutaneous tissue. LPL has been shown to be under the hormonal regulation of catecholamines, insulin, growth hormone, sex steroids, glucocorticoids and cytokines (Kern et al., 1985 Fried et al., 1993 Kruszynska, 1997 Arner and Eckel, 1998) influencing lipogenesis activity.

Alstrom Syndrome

This syndrome was first described in 1959, when two of Alstrom's original patients died from renal failure (86). The characteristic features of this syndrome appear to be pigmentary retinal degeneration, sensorineural hearing loss, childhood obesity, non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidaemia, and chronic nephropathy. Features occasionally observed include acanthosis nigricans, hypogonadism, hypothyroidism, alopecia, short stature, and cardiomyopathy. A large kindred including eight affected patients has been described (87). Hyperinsulinemia and hypertriglyceridemia with normal cholesterol levels were observed in most affected individuals tested. Non-insulin-dependent diabetes and growth retardation appeared to be age-related manifestations that occurred postadolescence. Younger affected children were not overtly hyperglycaemic and were normal or above average height for age.


Glycemic Neovascular Tissue And Vitreous

Numerous hypotheses explaining the microvascular complications of diabetes have been investigated, including the role of the polyol pathway, glycosylated end products, growth factors and oxidative stress (18-20). Angiogenic factors, such as growth hormone and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) are being evaluated for their mechanistic and potential therapeutic role in diabetic retinopathy. Increased concentrations, or overexpression of intraocular VEGF has been shown to lead to neovascularization, as well as increased permeability of retinal vasculature. Furthermore, inhibitors of VEGF have been shown to prevent ischemia-induced neovascularization in several animal models (21,22).

Bardetbiedl Syndrome

Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) is an autosomal recessive condition characterized by rod-cone dystrophy (atypical retinitis pigmentosa), postaxial polydactyly, central obesity, mental retardation, hypogonadism, and renal dysfunction. Other features, not always present, include hepatic fibrosis, diabetes mellitus, reproductive abnormalities, endocrinological disturbances, short stature, developmental delay, and speech deficits. BBS is distinguished from the much rarer Laurence-Moon syndrome, in which retinal pigmentary degeneration, mental retardation, and hypogonadism occur in conjunction with progressive spastic paraparesis and distal muscle weakness, but without poly-dactyly (76). BBS was first described in 1920 (77), and the cardinal manifestations were described as retinal pigmentary dystrophy (retinitis pigmentosa), postaxial poly-


The normal physiologic response to hypoglycemia includes early suppression of insulin secretion, release of glucagon and catecholamines, and later release of cortisol and growth hormone. It is important to understand that persons with DM1 have alterations in the physiologic suppression of insulin and release of glucagon expected in response to low BG, which impairs ability to return BG levels to normal. These pathophysiologic alterations are present in as few as 5 years after DM1 develops. In addition, hypoglycemia itself impairs the autonomic nervous system activation that is expected when hypoglycemia occurs, further impairing the patient's response. For a full discussion of the pathophysiology of insulin counterregulatory responses in DM1, see Chapter 1.

Lipid Metabolism

Hormone-sensitive lipase and probably also adipose triglyceride lipase stimulate release of free fatty acids and glycerol into the circulation. This process is inhibited by insulin and low insulin levels increase lipolysis swiftly. The stress hormones, such as epinephrine, growth hormone and cortisol, stimulate lipolysis. It is plausible that dehydration per se also participates in the stimulation of lipolysis 12 . These events take place in the course of hours and may rapidly triple or quadruple blood concentrations of free fatty acids.


Significance of Worrisome Growth 2 Diagnosis of Short Stature 4 Constitutional Growth Delay 10 Familial Short Stature 13 Pathological (Syndromic) Short Stature 14 Laboratory Aids in Differentiating Short Stature 37 2. Idiopathic Short Stature 51 Short Stature 52 Growth Hormone-Insulin-Like Growth Factor Axis in Idiopathic Short Stature 54 The Molecular Basis of Idiopathic Short Stature 54 The Spectrum of Growth Hormone-Insulin-Like Growth Factor Deficiency in Idiopathic Short Stature 57 Diagnosis of Idiopathic Short Stature 58 Rationale and Management of Idiopathic Short Stature 59 Psychosocial and Ethical Considerations 61 Future Directions 61 References 62 3. Hypopituitarism and Other Disorders of the Growth Hormone-Insulin-Like Growth Factor-I Axis 65 4. Growth Hormone-Deficiency in the Adult Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood 101 Final Adult Height Reached by Children with Growth Hormone Deficiency 101 Transition from Childhood to Adulthood Growth Hormone Deficiency 101...

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