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Simple and non-invasive screening method for diabetes based on myoinositol levels in urine samples collected at home
  1. Misaki Takakado1,
  2. Yasunori Takata1,
  3. Fumio Yamagata2,
  4. Michiko Yaguchi2,
  5. Go Hiasa3,
  6. Sumiko Sato4,
  7. Jun-ichi Funada5,
  8. Shoji Kawazu2,6,
  9. Haruhiko Osawa1
  1. 1Department of Diabetes and Molecular Genetics, Ehime University Graduate School of Medicine, Toon, Ehime, Japan
  2. 2Genki Plaza Medical Center for Health Care, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
  3. 3Ehime Prefectural Central Hospital, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan
  4. 4Saijyo Central Hospital, Saijyo, Ehime, Japan
  5. 5National Hospital Organization, Toon, Ehime, Japan
  6. 6Institute for Adult Diseases, Asahi Life Foundation, Chuo-ku, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yasunori Takata; ytakata{at}


Objective To establish a simple screening method for diabetes based on myoinositol (MI) in urine samples collected at home.

Research design and methods Initially, we evaluated the stability of urinary MI (UMI) at room temperature (RT; 25°C) and 37°C in 10 outpatients with type 2 diabetes. We then enrolled 115 volunteers without a current or history of diabetes. In all subjects, glucose intolerance was diagnosed by 75 g oral glucose tolerance test (75gOGTT). To assess the association between UMI or urine glucose (UG) and plasma glucose (PG), urine samples were also collected at 0 and 2 hours during 75gOGTT. All the subjects collected urine samples at home before and 2 hours after consuming the commercially available test meal. UMI levels at wake-up time (UMIwake-up), before (UMIpremeal) and 2 hours after the test meal (UMI2h-postprandial) were measured using an enzymatic method. ΔUMI was defined as UMI2h-postprandial minus UMIpremeal.

Results Differing from UG, UMI was stable at RT and 37°C. UMI was increased linearly along with an increase in PG, and no threshold for UMI was observed. UMI was closely associated with blood glucose parameters obtained from a 75gOGTT and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) at hospital after adjustment for age, sex, body mass index and serum creatinine. UMIwake-up, UMIpremeal, UMI2h-postprandial and ΔUMI at home were higher in diabetic subjects than non-diabetic subjects even after the above adjustment. Receiver operating characteristics curve (ROC) analyses revealed that for the screening of diabetes, the area under the curve for ROC for UMI2h-postprandial and ΔUMI (0.83 and 0.82, respectively) were not inferior to that for HbA1c ≥48 mmol/mol, which is the American Diabetes Association (ADA) criteria for diabetes.

Conclusions MI measurement in urine samples collected at home before and after the meal would be a simple, non-invasive and valuable screening method for diabetes.

  • screening
  • myoinositol
  • urinary

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  • Contributors All authors confirm that they meet the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors uniform requirements for authorship. Specifically, MT, YT, FY, SK and HO designed the experiments. MT, YT, FY, MY, GH, SS, JF and SK collected the data. MT, YT, FY and SK analyzed data. MT, YT and HO wrote the manuscript. YT is the guarantors of this work. All of the authors give full consent for publication of the present manuscript. All authors are responsible for the integrity of the work as a whole.

  • Funding This study was supported by Japan Diabetes Foundation, OMRON Corporation, ASAHI KASEI Pharma Corporation, and Sysmex Corporation.

  • Disclaimer The funders were not involved in the design of the study, the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, writing the report, or the decision to submit the report for publication.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Ethics approval Study protocols were approved by the research ethics committee of each hospitals.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article or uploaded as supplementary information.

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