Distal lower limb strength is reduced in subjects with impaired glucose tolerance and is related to elevated intramuscular fat level and vitamin D deficiency

M M Almurdhi, N D Reeves, F L Bowling, A J M Boulton, M Jeziorska, Rayaz Malik

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Abstract

AIM: To quantify muscle strength and size in subjects with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) in relation to intramuscular non-contractile tissue, the severity of neuropathy and vitamin D level.

METHODS: A total of 20 subjects with impaired glucose tolerance and 20 control subjects underwent assessment of strength and size of knee extensor, flexor and ankle plantar and dorsi-flexor muscles, as well as quantification of intramuscular non-contractile tissue and detailed assessment of neuropathy and serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels.

RESULTS: In subjects with impaired glucose tolerance, proximal knee extensor strength (P = 0.17) and volume (P = 0.77), and knee flexor volume (P = 0.97) did not differ from those in control subjects. Ankle plantar flexor strength was significantly lower (P = 0.04) in the subjects with impaired glucose tolerance, with no difference in ankle plantar flexor (P = 0.62) or dorsiflexor volume (P = 0.06) between groups. Intramuscular non-contractile tissue level was significantly higher in the ankle plantar flexors and dorsiflexors (P = 0.03) of subjects with impaired glucose tolerance compared with control subjects, and it correlated with the severity of neuropathy. Ankle plantar flexor muscle strength correlated significantly with corneal nerve fibre density (r = 0.53; P = 0.01), a sensitive measure of small fibre neuropathy, and was significantly lower in subjects with vitamin D deficiency (P = 0.02).

CONCLUSIONS: People with impaired glucose tolerance have a significant reduction in distal but not proximal leg muscle strength, which is not associated with muscle atrophy, but with increased distal intramuscular non-contractile tissue, small fibre neuropathy and vitamin D deficiency.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDiabetic medicine: a journal of the British Diabetic Association
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Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2016

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