Interaction between dietary lipids and physical inactivity on insulin sensitivity and on intramyocellular lipids in healthy men

Stettler, R; Ith, M; Acheson, KJ; Décombaz, J; Boesch, C; Tappy, L; Binnert, C (2005). Interaction between dietary lipids and physical inactivity on insulin sensitivity and on intramyocellular lipids in healthy men. Diabetes care, 28(6), pp. 1404-9. Alexandria, Va.: American Diabetes Association 10.2337/diacare.28.6.1404

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OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of a possible interaction between dietary fat and physical inactivity on whole-body insulin sensitivity and intramyocellular lipids (IMCLs). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Eight healthy male volunteers were studied on two occasions. After 2 days of an equilibrated diet and moderate physical activity, participants remained inactive (bed rest) for 60 h and consumed either a high-saturated fat (45% fat, of which approximately 60% was saturated fat [BR-HF]) or a high-carbohydrate (70% carbohydrate [BR-HCHO]) diet. To evaluate the effect of a high-fat diet alone, six of the eight volunteers were restudied after a 2-day equilibrated diet followed by 60 h on a high-saturated fat diet and controlled physical activity (PA-HF). Insulin sensitivity was measured by hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp and IMCL concentrations by (1)H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy. RESULTS: Insulin-mediated glucose disposal was decreased by BR-HF condition (-24 +/- 6%, P < 0.05) but did not change with BR-HCHO (+19 +/- 10%, NS). BR-HF and BR-HCHO increased IMCL levels (+32 +/- 7%, P < 0.05 and +17 +/- 8%, P < 0.0011, respectively). Although the increase in IMCL levels with PA-HF (+31 +/- 19%, P = 0.12) was similar to that during BR-HF, insulin-mediated glucose disposal (-7 +/- 9%, NS) was not decreased. CONCLUSIONS: These data indicate that physical inactivity and a high-saturated fat diet may interact to reduce whole-body insulin sensitivity. IMCL content was influenced by dietary lipid and physical inactivity but was not directly associated with insulin resistance.

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Ith, Michael and Bösch, Christoph Hans






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04 Oct 2013 14:56

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04 May 2014 23:16

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