Association of a biomarker of GlucosePeaks, 1,5-anhydroglucitol, with subclinical cardiovascular disease

Menglu Liang, John William McEvoy, Yuan Chen, A. Richey Sharrett, Elizabeth Selvin

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OBJECTIVE 1,5-Anhydroglucitol (1,5-AG) is a biomarker of glucose peaks and has been associated with clinical cardiovascular disease. However, the association between 1,5-AG and subclinical cardiovascular disease is unknown. We investigated the association of 1,5-AG with subclinical myocardial damage (assessed by highsensitivity cardiac troponin T [hs-cTnT]) and atherosclerosis (assessed by carotid intima-media thickness [CIMT] and carotid plaque). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We measured 1,5-AG, hs-cTnT, CIMT, and carotid plaque among 10,072 people without diabetes and 681 with diabetes who attended the second examination of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study (baseline, 1990-1992). We used Poisson regression to characterize the associations between 1,5-AG and prevalent elevated hs-cTnT, thick CIMT, or carotid plaque. Among 9,145 people with a second hs-cTnT measurement 6 years later, we used multinomial logistic regression to assess associations with incident elevation in hs-cTnT. RESULTS We found that in people with diabetes, lower 1,5-AG (<6 mg/mL) was crosssectionally associated with elevated hs-cTnT (prevalence ratio 2.06, 95% CI 1.23-3.46) compared with higher 1,5-AG (≥10 mg/mL). Associations in people without diabetes and with thick CIMT or the presence of carotid plaque were less robust. Low 1,5-AG was prospectively associated with the 6-year incident elevation in hs-cTnT (relative risk 2.90, 95% CI 1.23-6.85) in people with diabetes. All associations were strongly attenuated with further adjustment for HbA1c . CONCLUSIONS In people with diabetes, 1,5-AG was associated with subclinical cardiovascular disease, particularly chronic subclinical myocardial damage. Nonetheless, whether observed associations are truly independent of average glycemia is unclear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1752-1759
Number of pages8
JournalDiabetes care
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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