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Pioglitazone lowers cardiovascular risk in diabetic patients with kidney disease
Date:12/12/2007

5 percent of diabetic patients with CKD died or experienced a cardiovascular eventsignificantly higher than the 19.6 rate among patients with normal kidney function. "In a high cardiovascular risk group of patients with type 2 diabetes and pre-existing macrovascular disease, CKD appears to identify a subpopulation of patients at even higher risk for cardiovascular disease," comments Dr. Schneider.

Within the CKD group, patients assigned to pioglitazone had a significantly lower risk of death or cardiovascular events. Overall, the rate of death, myocardial infarction, or stroke was reduced by one-third in patients taking pioglitazone, compared with placebo. Most of the reduction occurred among patients with lower levels of kidney function.

Dr. Schneider concludes, "Our analysis from PROactive suggests that patients with diabetes, macrovascular disease, and CKD (moderate to severe renal failure) can be treated effectively to reduce the occurrence of major cardiovascular endpoints." The researchers warn that their conclusions do not necessarily apply to diabetic patients at lower cardiovascular risk. Dr. Schneider adds, "These benefits of pioglitazone in patients with CKD must be viewed with caution until confirmatory data of our findings are provided."


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