Early second trimester retinol-binding protein-4 values in cases with or without gestational diabetes mellitus risk factors: A cross-sectional study

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Retinol-binding protein-4 (RBP-4) has been correlated with different degrees of insulin resistance including gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Presence of risk factors for GDM is an indication for early screening. We studied RBP-4 values in the early second trimester of pregnancy in pregnant subjects with or without GDM risk factors and compared the results by routine GDM screening methodology.


Seventy-nine patients with at least one GDM risk factor and 46 patients without any GDM risk factors were enrolled in the cross-sectional study as risk and control groups, respectively. In the early second trimester, RBP-4 values were measured, in addition to fasting plasma glucose and 50-g glucose challenge test in all subjects.


The RBP-4 values in 16–18th weeks of pregnancy were not significantly different between risk and control groups (95.3 ± 20.1 vs 103.1 ± 24.4 μg/mL, respectively; P = 0.055) although fasting plasma glucose levels and 50-g glucose challenge test results were higher in the risk group than the control group (75.3 vs 69.3 mg/dL and 112.4 vs 97.5 mg/dL, respectively; P < 0.05).


Presence of GDM risk factors does not have an impact on early second trimester RBP-4 values in pregnant subjects.

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