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Comment & Response
February 21, 2022

Strengthening a Study of Diabetes Progression After Statins Use

Author Affiliations
  • 1Endocrinology−Nutrition Department, University of Bordeaux Hospital Center, Pessac, France
JAMA Intern Med. 2022;182(4):458-459. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2021.8350

To the Editor We were interested by the recent article from Dr Mansi and colleagues who reported a significant progression of type 2 diabetes after initiation of statin therapy compared with initiation of proton pump inhibitor or H2-blocker.1 In their discussion, the authors acknowledged that the composite outcome for diabetes progression (ie, therapy escalation, persistent hyperglycemia >200 mg/dL, etc) was a study limitation; indeed data regarding hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) levels were not collected. Although research shows that HbA1c levels increase marginally after initiating a statin (+0.1%),2 the difference may not be negligible when drug exposure is prolonged for years in patients with diabetes of long duration.

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