Glycemic Markers and Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease: The Jackson Heart Study

Justin Echouffo Tcheugui, Haiying Chen, Rita R. Kalyani, Mario Sims, Sean Simpson, Valery S. Effoe, Adolfo Correa, Alain G. Bertoni, Sherita Hill Golden

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Abstract

Background We investigated the associations of glycemic markers (HbA1C [hemoglobin A1C], fasting plasma glucose, and insulin resistance-homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance) with subclinical cardiovascular disease (CVD) among blacks. Methods We included 4303 community-dwelling blacks (64% women; mean age, 54.5 years) without prevalent CVD. Subclinical CVD was defined as ≥1 of the following: any coronary artery calcification (CAC), elevated carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT), left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy, LV ejection fraction <50%, and peripheral artery disease (ankle-brachial index, <0.90). Estimates of cross-sectional associations of glycemic markers (fasting plasma glucose, HbA1C, and homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance) with subclinical CVD measures were adjusted for traditional CVD risk factors. Results Each 1% increment in HbA1C was associated with higher odds of CAC, abnormal cIMT, and subclinical CVD (all P <0.001). Adjusted mean values of LV mass (LVM), LVM index, relative wall thickness, CAC, and cIMT were increasingly abnormal with worsening HbA1C categories (all P<0.05). Each 10-mg/dL increase in fasting plasma glucose was associated with higher odds of LV hypertrophy, CAC, abnormal cIMT, and subclinical CVD (all P <0.005). Adjusted mean values of LVM, LVM index, relative wall thickness, CAC, ankle-brachial index, and cIMT were more abnormal across categories of worsening fasting plasma glucose (all P <0.05). Each unit increment in log-transformed homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance conferred a higher odd of having LV hypertrophy ( P<0.01). Across quartiles of homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance, we observed progressively abnormal adjusted mean values of LVM, LVM index, relative wall thickness, and ankle-brachial index (all P <0.01). Conclusions Among blacks, glycemic markers were differentially associated with various measures of subclinical CVD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e008641
JournalCirculation. Cardiovascular imaging
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2019

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Keywords

  • blood glucose
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • female
  • glycated hemoglobin A
  • humans
  • insulin resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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