Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 6 pp 4945—4952
Fasting blood glucose and cerebrospinal fluid Alzheimer’s biomarkers in non-diabetic cognitively normal elders: the CABLE study
- 1 Department of Neurology, Qingdao Municipal Hospital, Qingdao University, Qingdao, China
- 2 Department of Neurology and Institute of Neurology, Huashan Hospital, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Received: December 6, 2019 Accepted: March 3, 2020 Published: March 17, 2020https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.102921
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It is unclear how blood glucose levels mediate the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). This study aimed to investigate whether fasting blood glucose (FBG) levels are associated with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers preferentially affected by AD in non-diabetic cognitively normal elders. A total of 499 non-diabetic cognitively normal elders were from the Chinese Alzheimer’s Biomarker and LifestyLE (CABLE) study. We detected the associations of FBG with individual CSF measures using multiple linear regression models controlling for age, sex, educational level, and apolipoprotein E (APOE) ε4 genotype. Fasting blood glucose level was positively correlated with CSF Aβ42 level (β = 0.045, p = 0.010), CSF Aβ42/Aβ40 ratio (β = 0.005, p < 0.001), Aβ42/P-tau ratio (β = 0.282, p = 0.013), and Aβ42/T-tau ratio (β = 0.050, p = 0.040). Interaction analysis indicated that gender affected the correlations of FBG level with CSF Aβ40 (p < 0.001) and Aβ42/Aβ40 ratio (p < 0.001). This study raises additional questions about the role of blood glucose in the predisposition to AD and supports the possibility of targeting these processes in pre-symptomatic AD trials in non-diabetic elders.