Selection of the appropriate method for the assessment of insulin resistance

Borai, Anwar, Livingstone, Callum, Kaddam, Ibrahim and Ferns, Gordon (2011) Selection of the appropriate method for the assessment of insulin resistance. BMC medical research methodology, 11. p. 158. ISSN 1471-2288

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Abstract

Insulin resistance is one of the major aggravating factors for metabolic syndrome. There are many methods available for estimation of insulin resistance which range from complex techniques down to simple indices. For all methods of assessing insulin resistance it is essential that their validity and reliability is established before using them as investigations. The reference techniques of hyperinsulinaemic euglycaemic clamp and its alternative the frequently sampled intravenous glucose tolerance test are the most reliable methods available for estimating insulin resistance. However, many simple methods, from which indices can be derived, have been assessed and validated e.g. homeostasis model assessment (HOMA), quantitative insulin sensitivity check index (QUICKI). Given the increasing number of simple indices of IR it may be difficult for clinicians and researchers to select the most appropriate index for their studies. This review therefore provides guidelines and advices which must be considered before proceeding with a study.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education
Depositing User: Gordon Ferns
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2012 12:16
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2012 12:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/42596
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