African Journal of Nursing and Midwifery

African Journal of Nursing and Midwifery ISSN 2756-3332 Vol. 10 (3), pp. 001-008, March, 2022. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Prevalence of insulin resistance in obese Cameroonian women

Yangoua Mafo Cecile Huguette, Azantsa Kingue Gabin Boris, Ntentié Françoise Raïssa, Ngondi Judith Laure and Oben Julius*

Laboratory of Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, University of Yaounde I, P. O. Box 812, Yaounde, Cameroon.

Accepted 04 February, 2022


Several studies indicate that obesity is closely related to insulin resistance (IR). However, this relationship has not been adequately explored among Africans. This study aims to evaluate the prevalence of insulin resistance among obese Cameroonian women using some indirect methods for assessment of insulin resistance. We also analysed the correlation between some indices of IR with Triglyceride to HDL cholesterol ratio. We examined 230 obese and overweight women. Anthropometric measurements were done for all individuals. Blood lipids parameters, glucose and insulin were assayed after a 10 h fast. The indices McA, HOMA, QUICKI, ISI, FI and FIGR were used to assess insulin resistance. Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curve analysis indicated that HOMA and QUICKI had high sensitivity and specificity for measuring IR compared to other indices. The overall prevalence of IR was 53.9% by HOMA-IR and 55.7% by QUICKI. TG/HDL-C method detected lower number of patients with IR in our study group and was not related to the homeostatic indexes of insulin resistance HOMA and QUICKI. This study indicates that insulin resistance is present in about half proportions of overweight and obese Cameroonian women.

Key words: Insulin resistance, obesity, body mass index, HOMA, QUICKI.