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Fatty acid profile of the erythrocyte membrane preceding development of Type 2 diabetes mellitus
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2008 (English)In: NMCD. Nutrition Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, ISSN 0939-4753, E-ISSN 1590-3729, Vol. 18, no 7, 503-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background and aims: The respective roles of dietary fatty acids in the pathogenesis of diabetes are as yet unclear. Erythrocyte membrane fatty acid (EMFA) composition may provide an estimate of dietary fatty acid intake. This study investigates the relation between EMFA composition and development of Type 2 diabetes mellitus.Methods and results: In a nested case-referent design we studied 159 individuals tested as non-diabetic at baseline who after a mean observation time of 5.4 +/- 2.6 years were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes mellitus and 291 sex- and age-matched referents. Higher proportions of pentadecanoic acid (15: 0) and heptadecanoic acid (17:0) were associated with a tower risk of diabetes. In accordance with earlier findings, higher proportions of palmitoleic (16:1 n-7), dihomo-gamma-linotenic (20:3 n-6) and adrenic (22:4 n-6) acids were associated with increased risk, whereas linoleic (18:2 n-6) and clupanodonic (22:5 n-3) acids were inversely associated with diabetes. After adjustment for BMI, HbA1c, alcohol intake, smoking and physical activity the only significant predictors were 15:0 and 17:0 as protective factors and 22:4 n6 as risk factor.Conclusion: In accordance with previous studies, our results indicate that EMFA-patterns predict development of Type 2 diabetes mellitus. The inverse association with two saturated fatty acids, previously shown to reflect consumption of dairy products, is a new finding.

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2008. Vol. 18, no 7, 503-10 p.
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diabetes mellitus Type II/epidemiology, diet, erythrocyte membrane/chemistry, fatty acids/blood, fatty acid desaturases/metabolism, membrane lipids/analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-17693DOI: 10.1016/j.numecd.2007.04.005ISI: 000259537600008PubMedID: 18042359OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-17693DiVA: diva2:45464
Available from: 2008-08-15 Created: 2008-08-15 Last updated: 2013-12-18Bibliographically approved

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