Impact of rural-urban environment on metabolic profile and response to a 5-day high-fat diet

Dicky L. Tahapary, Karin De Ruiter, Farid Kurniawan, Yenny Djuardi, Yanan Wang, Siti M.E. Nurdin, Elisa Iskandar, Dominggus Minggu, Em Yunir, Bruno Guigas, Taniawati Supali, Patrick C.N. Rensen, Erliyani Sartono, Pradana Soewondo, Dante S. Harbuwono, Johannes W.A. Smit, Maria Yazdanbakhsh

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Epidemiological studies have indicated that rural living might be protective against type 2 diabetes development. We compared the metabolic profile and response to a short-Term high-fat high-calorie diet (HFD) of men with the same genetic background living in an urban and rural area of Indonesia. First, we recruited 154 Floresian male subjects (18-65 years old), of whom 105 lived in a rural area (Flores) and 49 had migrated and lived in urban area (Jakarta) for more than 1 year. The urban group had significantly higher whole-body insulin resistance (IR), as assessed by homeostatic-model-Assessment of IR (HOMA-IR), [mean difference (95% CI), p-value: 0.10 (0.02-0.17), p = 0.01]. Next, we recruited 17 urban and 17 rural age-And-BMI-matched healthy-young-male volunteers for a 5-day HFD challenge. The HOMA-IR increased in both groups similarly-0.77 (-2.03-0.49), p = 0.22]. Neither rural living nor factors associated with rural living, such as current helminth infection or total IgE, were associated with protection against acute induction of IR by HFD.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8149
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


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