The role of uric acid in the insulin resistance in children and adolescents with obesity

Josiane Aparecida de Miranda Guilherme Gomide Almeida Raissa Isabelle Leão Martins Mariana Botrel Cunha Vanessa Almeida Belo José Eduardo Tanus dos Santos Carlos Alberto Mourão-Júnior Carla Márcia Moreira Lanna About the authors


To investigate the association between serum uric acid levels and insulin resistance in children and adolescents with obesity.


Cross-sectional study with 245 children and adolescents (134 obese and 111 controls), aged 8-18 years. The anthropometric variables (weight, height and waist circumference), blood pressure and biochemical parameters were collected. The clinical characteristics of the groups were analyzed by t-test or chi-square test. To evaluate the association between uric acid levels and insulin resistance the Pearson's test and logistic regression were applied.


The prevalence of insulin resistance was 26.9%. The anthropometric variables, systolic and diastolic blood pressure and biochemical variables were significantly higher in the obese group (p<0.001), except for the high-density-lipoprotein cholesterol. There was a positive and significant correlation between anthropometric variables and uric acid with HOMA-IR in the obese and in the control groups, which was higher in the obese group and in the total sample. The logistic regression model that included age, gender and obesity, showed an odds ratio of uric acid as a variable associated with insulin resistance of 1.91 (95%CI 1.40-2.62; p<−0.001).


The increase in serum uric acid showed a positive statistical correlation with insulin resistance and it is associated with and increased risk of insulin resistance in obese children and adolescents.

Childhood obesity; Insulin resistance; Uric acid

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