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Endocrine Journal
Vol. 44 (1997) No. 4 P 617-620



With a euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp method, whole-body insulin resistance was assessed in 6 cases with acromegaly associated with diabetes mellitus before and after transsphenoidal adenomectomy. The glucose infusion rate (GIR) correlated well with the plasma IGF-I level but poorly with that of GH. Further improvement in insulin sensitivity occurred 3-4 months after operation without substantial changes in plasma levels of both GH and IGF-I or glycemic control. These results indicate that GH excess can induce insulin resistance in association with plasma IGF-1 and also through undefined secondary effect.

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