Effect of thiazolidinediones and insulin on cognitive outcomes in ACCORD-MIND

Elizabeth R. Seaquist, Michael E. Miller, Vivian Fonseca, Faramarz Ismail-Beigi, Lenore J. Launer, Zubin Punthakee, Ajay Sood

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Objective To examine the relationship of cognitive performance to exposure to insulin (INS) and thiazolidinediones (TZD) in the ACCORD-MIND cohort. Methods Participants (55-80 years) with type 2 diabetes (T2D), hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) > 7.5% (> 58 mmol/mol), and a high risk of cardiovascular events were randomly assigned to receive intensive control targeting HbA1c to < 6.0% (42 mmol/mol) or a standard strategy targeting HbA1c to 7.0%-7.9% (53-63 mmol/mol). The Digit Symbol Substitution Test (DSST) was assessed at baseline and at 20 and 40 months. Exposure to INS was calculated as average daily dose/kg of body weight; exposure to rosiglitazone (ROS) was calculated as days of ROS prescription in the intervals preceding the 20- and 40-month DSSTs. Results At baseline, INS use was associated with reduced DSST performance, but not after controlling for comorbidities and lab values. There was no relationship between use of a TZD and DSST performance on at baseline. ROS but not INS exposure was associated with greater decline in DSST performance over 40 months in subjects randomized to the intensive but not the standard group. Conclusions Exposure to a TZD may increase cognitive decline in some patients with T2D. However, these results may be confounded by unexplained differences between participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-491
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Diabetes and Its Complications
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013

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Funding: This work was supported by Grants ( N01-HC-95178 , N01-HC-95179 , N01-HC-95180 , N01-HC-95181 , N01-HC-95182 , N01-HC-95183 , N01-HC-95184 , IAA-Y1-HC-9035 , and IAA-Y1-HC-1010 ) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute ; by other components of the National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Eye Institute; by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and by General Clinical Research Centers. The following companies provided study medications, equipment, or supplies: Abbott Laboratories, Amylin Pharmaceutical, AstraZeneca, Bayer HealthCare, Closer Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, King Pharmaceuticals, Merck, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Omron Healthcare, Sanofi-Aventis, and Schering-Plough.

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Conflict of interest statement: Dr. Seaquist is a consultant for SkyePharma, Sanofie-Aventis, and AMG Medical. She receives grant funding from Eli Lilly. Dr. Punthakee has received honoraria for advice and speaking from GlaxoSmithKline and Eli Lilly. Dr. Sood receives research funding from NovoNordisck, Dr. Fonseca is a consultant and speaker for GSK and a consultant to Takeda. The rest of the authors have no potential conflicts to declare.


  • Cognition
  • Diabetes
  • Insulin
  • Thiazolidinediones


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