Statin use is prospectively associated with new onset diabetes after transplantation in renal transplant recipients
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Research design and methods: From a prospective longitudinal study of 606 RTR (functioning allograft >1 year, single academic center, follow-up: median 9.6 [6.6-10.2] years) 95 patients using statins were age- and gender-matched to RTR not on statins (all diabetes-free at inclusion) .
Results: NODAT incidence was 7.2% (73.3% of these on statins). In Kaplan-Meier (log rank test, p=0.017) and COX regression analyses (HR, 3,86 [1.21-12.27], P=0.022) statins prospectively associated with incident NODAT, even independent of several relevant confounders including immunosuppressive medication and biomarkers of glucose homeostasis.
Conclusions: This study demonstrates that statin use is prospectively associated with the development of NODAT in RTR independent of other recognized risk factors.