Pioglitazone is equally effective for diabetes prevention in older versus younger adults with impaired glucose tolerance

Sara E. Espinoza, Chen pin Wang, Devjit Tripathy, Stephen C. Clement, Dawn C. Schwenke, Mary Ann Banerji, George A. Bray, Thomas A. Buchanan, Robert R. Henry, Abbas E. Kitabchi, Sunder Mudaliar, Frankie B. Stentz, Peter D. Reaven, Ralph A. DeFronzo, Nicolas Musi

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To determine the efficacy of pioglitazone to prevent type 2 diabetes in older compared to younger adults with pre-diabetes. Six hundred two participants with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) were randomized in double blind fashion to placebo or pioglitazone for diabetes prevention in the ACT NOW study (NEJM 364:1104–1115, 2011). Cox proportional hazard regression was used to compare time to development of diabetes over a mean of 2 years between older (≥61 years) and younger participants. We compared effects of pioglitazone versus placebo on metabolic profiles, inflammatory markers, adipokines, β cell function (disposition index), insulin sensitivity (Matsuda index), and body composition by ANOVA. Diabetes incidence was reduced by 85 % in older and 69 % in younger subjects (p = 0.41). β cell function (disposition index) increased by 35.0 % in the older and 26.7 % in younger subjects (p = 0.83). Insulin sensitivity (Matsuda index) increased by 3.07 (5.2-fold) in older and by 2.54 (3.8-fold) in younger participants (p = 0.58). Pioglitazone more effectively increased adiponectin in older versus younger subjects (22.9 ± 3.2 μg/mL [2.7-fold] vs. 12.7 ± 1.4 μg/mL [2.2-fold], respectively; p = 0.04). Younger subjects tended to have a greater increase in whole body fat mass compared to older subjects (3.6 vs. 3.1 kg; p = 0.061). Younger and older subjects had similar decreases in bone mineral density (0.018 ± 0.0071 vs. 0.0138 ± 0.021 g/cm2). Younger and older pre-diabetic adults taking pioglitazone had similar reductions in conversion to diabetes and older adults had similar or greater improvements in metabolic risk factors, demonstrating that pioglitazone is useful in preventing diabetes in older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-493
Number of pages9
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Diabetes
  • Endocrinology
  • Geriatrics
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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