An open-label pilot study on preventing glucocorticoid-induced diabetes mellitus with linagliptin 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1103 Clinical Sciences

Yoshia Miyawaki, Kenei Sada, Yosuke Asano, Keigo Hayashi, Yuriko Yamamura, Sumie Hiramatsu, Keiji Ohashi, Michiko Morishita, Haruki Watanabe, Yoshinori Matsumoto, Katsue Sunahori-Watanabe, Tomoko Kawabata, Jun Wada

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Background: Numerous patients develop diabetes in response to glucocorticoid therapy. This study explored the efficacy, safety, and preventive potential of the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor, linagliptin (TRADJENTA®), in the development of glucocorticoid-induced diabetes mellitus. Methods: From December 2014 to November 2015, we recruited non-diabetic Japanese patients scheduled for treatment with daily prednisolone ≥20 mg. Enrolled patients had at least one of following risk factors for glucocorticoid-induced diabetes mellitus: estimated glomerular filtration rate ≤ 60 mL/minute/1.73 m2; age ≥ 65 years; hemoglobin A1c > 6.0%. A daily dose of 5 mg of linagliptin was administered simultaneously with glucocorticoid therapy. The primary outcome was the development of glucocorticoid-induced diabetes mellitus. Additional orally administered hypoglycemic medications and/or insulin injection therapy was initiated according to the blood glucose level. Results: Four of five patients developed glucocorticoid-induced diabetes mellitus within 1 week of glucocorticoid treatment. For 12 weeks, two of the four patients with glucocorticoid-induced diabetes mellitus required orally administered medications, but no patients required insulin. Blood glucose levels before breakfast and lunch tended to decrease with time; the median glucose levels before breakfast were 93 and 79.5 mg/dL at 1 and 3 weeks, respectively. Two patients experienced mild hypoglycemia around 2 weeks. Glucose levels after lunch remained high throughout all 4 weeks despite decreasing the glucocorticoid dosage. Conclusions: Linagliptin may be insufficient to prevent the development of glucocorticoid-induced diabetes mellitus but has the potential to reduce the requirement for insulin injection therapy. Treatment of glucocorticoid-induced diabetes mellitus was continued for at least 1 month and fasting hypoglycemia in early morning should be monitored after 2 weeks. Trial registration: This trial was registered 02 November 2014 with UMIN Clinical Trials Registry (no. 000015588).

Original languageEnglish
Article number288
JournalJournal of Medical Case Reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 4 2018



  • Diabetes
  • Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor
  • Glucocorticoid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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