Low contribution of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids to plasma and erythrocyte membrane lipids in diabetic young adults

T. Decsi, É Szabó, I. Burus, T. Marosvölgyi, A. Kozári, É Erhardt, Gy Soltész

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Hypoinsulinemia characteristic to type 1 diabetes may theoretically inhibit the conversion of essential fatty acids to their longer-chain metabolites. Fatty acids were determined in plasma and erythrocyte membrane lipids in young diabetic adults (n=34) and in age-matched healthy controls (n=36). Values of linoleic acid (56.01 [5.02] versus 51.05 [7.32], % by wt, median [range from the first to the third quartile], P<0.00l) and arachidonic acid (AA) (11.17 [2.98] versus 9.69 [1.95] P<0.001) were significantly higher in diabetic subjects than in controls. However, α-linolenic acid values did not differ, and docosahexaenoic acid (0.43 [0.12] versus 0.57 [0.29], P<0.01) values were significantly lower in diabetic than in control subjects. Significant inverse correlations were found between AA and hemoglobin A1c values in the phospholipid (r=-0.40, P<0.05) and sterol ester (r=-0.40, P<0.05) fractions. The data obtained in the present study suggest that the availability of n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid may be reduced in young diabetic adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages6
JournalProstaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology

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