Fasting and post-glucose load measures of insulin resistance and risk of incident atrial fibrillation: The Cardiovascular Health Study

P. K. Garg, M. L. Biggs, R. Kaplan, J. R. Kizer, S. R. Heckbert, K. J. Mukamal

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Background and aims: Existing literature in individuals without diabetes has not demonstrated a relationship between IR and incident AF; however, data are limited and only fasting glucose measures of IR were assessed. We evaluated the relationship of both fasting and post-glucose load IR measures with the development of atrial fibrillation in nondiabetic older adults. Methods and results: Among Cardiovascular Health Study participants, a population-based cohort of 5888 adults aged 65 years or older enrolled in two waves (1989–1990 and 1992–1993), those without prevalent AF or diabetes and with IR measures at baseline were followed for the development of AF, identified by follow-up visit electrocardiograms, hospital discharge diagnosis coding, or Medicare claims data, through 2014. Fasting IR was determined by the homeostatic model of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) and post-glucose load IR was determined by the Gutt index. Cox proportional hazards models were used to determine the association of IR with risk of AF. Analyses included 3601 participants (41% men) with a mean age of 73 years. Over a median follow-up of 12.3 years, 1443 (40%) developed AF. After multivariate adjustment, neither HOMA-IR nor the Gutt index was associated with risk of developing AF [hazard ratios (95% confidence intervals): 0.96 (0.90, 1.03) for 1-SD increase in HOMA-IR and 1.03 (0.97, 1.10) for 1-SD decrease in the Gutt index]. Conclusions: We found no evidence of an association between either fasting or post-glucose load IR measures and incident AF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)716-721
Number of pages6
JournalNutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2018



  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Epidemiology
  • Insulin resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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