Disordered insulin secretion in the development of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes

C. J. Schofield, C. Sutherland

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    For many years, the development of insulin resistance has been seen as the core defect responsible for the development of Type2 diabetes. However, despite extensive research, the initial factors responsible for insulin resistance development have not been elucidated. If insulin resistance can be overcome by enhanced insulin secretion, then hyperglycaemia will never develop. Therefore, a ß-cell defect is clearly required for the development of diabetes. There is a wealth of evidence to suggest that disorders in insulin secretion can lead to the development of decreased insulin sensitivity. In this review, we describe the potential initiating defects in Type 2 diabetes, normal pulsatile insulin secretion and the effects that disordered secretion may have on both ß-cell function and hepatic insulin sensitivity. We go on to examine evidence from physiological and epidemiological studies describing ß-cell dysfunction in the development of insulin resistance. Finally, we describe how disordered insulin secretion may cause intracellular insulin resistance and the implications this concept has for diabetes therapy. In summary, disordered insulin secretion may contribute to development of insulin resistance and hence represent an initiating factor in the progression to Type 2 diabetes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)972-979
    Number of pages8
    JournalDiabetic Medicine
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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