Association of statin use with the risk of developing diabetic retinopathy.

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  • OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether hydroxymethylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) prevent the development of diabetic retinopathy. METHODS: We conducted a nested case-control study among patients at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama. Within a study population of male diabetic patients (n=6441), we identified incident cases of diabetic retinopathy diagnosed between January 1, 1997, and December 31, 2001 (n=114). Control subjects were selected using incidence density sampling and were matched for diabetes duration. Information regarding filled statin prescriptions was obtained for cases and controls. RESULTS: Cases and controls did not differ regarding overall statin use in crude analysis (odds ratio, 1.01; 95% confidence interval, 0.64-1.59) and in multivariate analyses adjusted for age, race, and coexisting medical conditions (odds ratio, 1.00; 95% confidence interval, 0.60-1.67). CONCLUSION: The results of this study do not support an association between statins and diabetic retinopathy.
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  • Aged, Alabama, Case-Control Studies, Confidence Intervals, Diabetic Retinopathy, Drug Prescriptions, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors, Incidence, Lipids, Male, Odds Ratio, Retrospective Studies, Risk Factors, Treatment Outcome
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    Author List

  • Zhang J; McGwin G
  • Start Page

  • 1096
  • End Page

  • 1099
  • Volume

  • 125
  • Issue

  • 8