The Quantose Insulin Resistance Test for Maternal Insulin Resistance: A Pilot Study

Joe Eid, Talar Kechichian, Elisa Benavides, Lisa Thibodeaux, Ashley E. Salazar, George R. Saade, Antonio F. Saad

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Objective Insulin resistance (IR) increases during pregnancy which can lead to hyperinsulinemia, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and neonatal hypoglycemia (NH), especially in obese women. Glucose tolerance testing (GTT) is used clinically to evaluate IR in pregnancy. Quantose IR score index is a novel blood screen of IR validated in nonpregnant individuals. The score is generated using an algorithm that combines insulin and three biomarkers of fatty acid pathways (α-hydroxybutyrate, oleic acid, linoleoyl-glycerophospocholine). Our objective was to determine the validity of Quantose IR test (Metabolan Inc. Morrisville, NC) in assessing IR in pregnant obese women, as compared with the homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), and its ability to predict GDM and NH. Study Design Women between 10 0/7and 13 6/7weeks of gestation with a pre-pregnancy or early pregnancy body mass index more than 30 kg/m 2, and no pregestational diabetes, were included. Fasting blood samples were collected at 10 0/7to 13 6/7(T1) and 24 0/7to 28 0/7(T2) weeks. Quantose IR and HOMA-IR were calculated. All women underwent an early (T1; indicated for women with obesity) and a T2 glucose tolerance tests. GDM was diagnosed using the two-step approach, and NH was defined as a neonatal glucose less than 40 mg/dL in the first 24 hours of life. Linear regression and receiver operating characteristic curves were used for analysis. Results The trial enrolled 100 patients. Ten subjects (10%) were diagnosed with GDM in the second trimester and none in the first trimester. At T1, Quantose IR (R 2 = 0.48), but not 1-hour glucose tolerance test (R 2= 0.07), correlated with HOMA-IR. Similar correlations were observed at T2. The 1-hour glucose tolerance test followed by HOMA-IR and Quantose IR (area under the curve [AUC]: 0.82, 0.68, and 0.62, respectively) were predictors of GDM. Quantose IR (AUC: 0.74) and 1-hour glucose tolerance test (AUC: 0.72) at T1 and T2 (AUC: 0.75; AUC: 0.93; respectively) were best predictors of NH. The best cut offs, sensitivities, and specificities for prediction of NH were determined. Conclusion Similar to nonpregnant individuals, Quantose IR appears to be a valid measure of IR in obese pregnant women. First trimester Quantose IR is a predictor of GDM diagnosed in the second trimester and NH. Given that it requires a single blood draw and no glucose challenge, it may be a useful test to evaluate and monitor IR in pregnancy. Our findings may be used as pilot data to explore the potential use of Quantose IR in pregnancy further. Key Points Traditional testing methods for insulin resistance in pregnancy are often performed late, are time consuming, and unpleasant to patients. The first trimester one-step Quantose IR test reflects insulin resistance in pregnancy and predicts GDM and neonatal hypoglycemia. This is the first known prospective clinical study validating Quantose IR score index in an obstetrical population at risk for developing GDM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)513-518
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2022


  • Quantose IR
  • gestational diabetes
  • insulin resistance
  • neonatal hypoglycemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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