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Relationship among Insulin Resistance, Growth Hormone, and Insulin-Like Growth Factor I Concentrations in Diestrous Swedish Elkhounds
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2014 (English)In: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, ISSN 0891-6640, E-ISSN 1939-1676, Vol. 28, no 2, 419-428 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background In the dog, the normal estrous cycle includes a prolonged luteal phase. Progesterone stimulates local canine mammary growth hormone (GH) production, which may act systemically and contribute to insulin resistance. Swedish Elkhounds are predisposed to progesterone-related diabetes mellitus, and the relationship among insulin resistance, GH, and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) is of particular interest. Objective To study insulin resistance in relation to GH and IGF-I in nondiabetic Swedish Elkhounds during diestrus. We also assessed whether alterations in these hormones could predict diestrus-linked diseases and all-cause mortality. Animals Eighty-four privately owned female intact Swedish Elkhounds >4years of age. Methods Blood sampling and clinical examination during luteal phase, with a follow-up questionnaire after 20months. Insulin resistance was calculated by homeostasis model assessment (HOMA-IR). Results In multivariable regression analysis, GH was positively associated with HOMA-IR (P=.009). An increase in GH of 1ng/mL was associated with a 12.7% increase in HOMA-IR. Moreover, C-peptide was positively associated with IGF-I (P=.04), and an increase in C-peptide of 0.1ng/mL was associated with a 6.9% increase in IGF-I. Structural equation modeling supported these results. Twenty-three animals were found to have previously unrecognized mammary masses and had higher GH (P<.0001) and IGF-I (P=.007) than dogs without mammary masses (n=61). There was no association between high GH and IGF-I concentrations at sampling and future mammary masses. Conclusion We showed that GH was strongly associated with insulin resistance in older Swedish Elkhounds during diestrus.

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2014. Vol. 28, no 2, 419-428 p.
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GH, Diestrus, Progesterone, IGF-I
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-223546DOI: 10.1111/jvim.12307ISI: 000332777900024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-223546DiVA: diva2:713574
Available from: 2014-04-23 Created: 2014-04-22 Last updated: 2016-01-26Bibliographically approved

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