Disposition index (DI) is an index quantifying the quality of glucose control, usable to track disease progression. It is usually calculated as the product of beta-cell function and insulin sensitivity, assessed, in hospitalized setting, either from clamp data, surrogate indices or model-based methods, like the Oral Minimal Model (OMM) . The increasing use of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems, even in individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2D) , opens the door to the use of such devices to monitor glucose control in outpatients. Here, we propose a method to assess DI from CGM data, validated it against OMM and proved its usability to track disease progression. We studied 100 early stage (ES) and 100 advanced stage (AS) subjects with T2D of the Padova T2D simulator, matched for age (54 [42,75] y) and different BMI (33 [29,37] vs. 31 [28,34] kg/m2; p=0.016) , which underwent a mixed meal challenge (75g of carbohydrates) while wearing CGM.

Plasma glucose, insulin and C-peptide concentrations were measured for 6 hours after the meal and used for the estimation of the DI with the OMM (DIMM) , while CGM sensor data were used to calculate DI with the sensor-based method (DISB) .

DISB well correlated with DIMMES = 0.81 and ρAS = 0.77; p<0.001) and both were significantly lower in AD than ES (p<0.001, Fig. 1) .

We conclude that DISB is usable to assess DI in subjects with different stage of T2D wearing CGM and thus, potentially, to track disease progression in noninvasive way.


M.Schiavon: None. C.Dalla man: Research Support; Becton, Dickinson and Company, Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH.


MIUR (Italian Minister for Education) under the initiative "Departments of Excellence" (Law 232/2016)

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