Clinical significance of diabetes likely induced by statins: Evidence from a large population-based cohort

Giovanni Corrao, Matteo Monzio Compagnoni, Federico Rea, Luca Merlino, Alberico L. Catapano, Giuseppe Mancia

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Aim To provide information on the extent to which type 2 diabetes more likely induced by statins affects the risk of macrovascular complications compared to diabetes unlikely induced by statins. Methods The 84,828 residents in the Italian Lombardy Region who were newly treated with statins between 2003 and 2005 were followed from the index statin prescription until 2009 (step-1 follow-up) to identify those starting antidiabetic therapy. The proportion of days of follow-up covered by statins measured adherence with statins. Cohort members who experienced diabetes were 1:3 matched with those who did not developed diabetes for gender, age and previous adherence with statin treatment. The 3321 diabetic - non-diabetic sets, were followed from the initial antidiabetic therapy until 2012 (step-2 follow-up) to estimate the hazard ratio (HR), and 95% Confidence Interval (CI), for macrovascular complications (proportional hazard models) associated with diabetes separately in each category of adherence with statins. Results During the step-1 follow-up, the risk of new-onset diabetes increased progressively with increasing adherence with statins. During the step-2 follow-up, the risk of macrovascular complications associated with diabetes decreased progressively from 1.70 (1.18–2.44), 1.41 (1.17–1.70), 1.30 (1.07–1.57) until 1.10 (0.40–2.80) as adherence with statins during the step-1 follow-up increased. Conclusions Type 2 diabetes lost its association with increasing macrovascular risk when previous adherence with statins was very high, and thus the chance of its induction by the drug greater. Statin-dependent type 2 diabetes might be prognostically less adverse than diabetes unlikely induced by statins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-68
Number of pages9
JournalDiabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2017


  • Adherence
  • Cohort study
  • Healthcare utilization database
  • Macrovascular outcomes
  • Statins
  • Type 2 diabetes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology


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