Glycemic Characterization and Pancreatic Imaging Correlates in Cystic Fibrosis

  • End date
    Jul 1, 2022
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Updated on 12 December 2021
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the utility of a continuous glucose monitor device (CGM) in screening for cystic fibrosis related diabetes. The investigators will also study how fat deposition in the pancreas and liver impacts insulin production and response, as measured by a frequently sampled oral glucose tolerance test.


Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes (CFRD) occurs in 20% of adolescents and 30-40% of adults with cystic fibrosis. CFRD is associated with reduced lung function, lower body mass index, and increased mortality. The CF Foundation recommends yearly Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) for all CF patients beginning at age 10 years. Unfortunately adherence to screening recommendations is poor, with fewer than 50% of the eligible CF patients completing OGTT each year. Additionally, the OGTT has been criticized for poor reproducibility and for not accurately reflecting real-life glycemic excursions.

The FreeStyle Libre Pro is a blinded CGM that can record up to 14 days of home-living glucose data on one sensor. This quarter-sized device is placed on the upper arm and requires no fingerstick calibrations. Multiple studies have demonstrated the utility of CGM in CF patients, but no study has determined the utility of CGM in replicating the results of an OGTT. The use of CGM in CFRD screening has the potential to reduce screening burden, increase screening adherence and provide useful information about home glycemic excursions.

Pancreatic steatosis is common in CF with complete pancreatic fat replacement occurring in some cases. Pancreatic steatosis is also seen in patients with type 2 diabetes and may impact insulin secretion or the rate of beta cell decline. MRI is the most sensitive tool for detecting pancreatic steatosis. Ferrozzi described four patterns of pancreatic fat replacement in CF patients: (1) diffusely hyperintense with variable lobular pattern, (2) homogenous hyperintensity without lobular pattern, (3) hyperintense parenchyma with focal hypointensity, and (4) no structural or signal intensity changes. No studies have directly compared the degree of pancreatic steatosis with OGTT derived measures of insulin secretion or glycemic excursions on CGM.

Hepatic steatosis is also common in CF patients and has an unclear impact on insulin sensitivity. Outside of CF, hepatic steatosis is associated with insulin resistance.

This study has two aims:

Aim 1: Determine how closely the FreeStyle Libre Pro CGM can replicate the results of an in-clinic oral glucose tolerance test.

Aim 2: Explore whether pancreatic and hepatic steatosis correlated with insulin secretion and sensitivity in CF patients.

Condition Cystic Fibrosis Liver Disease, Pulmonary Disease, Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes, Pancreatic Steatosis, hepatic steatosis, Fatty Liver, Cystic Fibrosis, steatohepatitis, Lung Disease, Pancreatic disorder, Pancreatic Disorders
Treatment Frequently Sampled Oral Glucose Tolerance Test and CGM, MRI Pancreas and Liver
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03961516
SponsorUniversity Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
Last Modified on12 December 2021

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