The effects of statin use on the development of tuberculosis among patients with diabetes mellitus

Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2014 Jun;18(6):717-24. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.13.0854.


Objective: To evaluate whether statin use affects the development of tuberculosis (TB) among patients with diabetes mellitus (DM).

Methods: This is a retrospective cohort study of patients with newly diagnosed type 2 DM based on the South Korean nationwide claims database. The participants were type 2 DM patients aged 20-99 years who were newly treated with anti-diabetic drugs between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2010. Patients who had statin prescriptions before a diagnosis of diabetes or were diagnosed with TB before diabetes were excluded.

Results: Of 840,899 newly diagnosed type 2 DM patients, 281,842 (33.5%) patients were statin users and 559,057 (66.5%) were non-users. During the study period, 4075 [corrected] individuals were diagnosed with TB; the estimated incidence of TB in our cohort was 251/100,000 patient-years (95%CI 243-258). In comparison to non-TB patients, statin users were less frequent among TB patients (19.2% vs. 33.6%). After adjustment for potential baseline confounders, statin use was not associated with the development of TB in DM patients (aHR 0.98; 95%CI 0.89-1.07).

Conclusions: TB development among newly diagnosed type 2 DM was considerable, and statin use among these diabetics was not associated with a protective effect on TB incidence.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / diagnosis
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / drug therapy
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors / therapeutic use*
  • Hypoglycemic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Protective Factors
  • Republic of Korea / epidemiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Time Factors
  • Tuberculosis / diagnosis
  • Tuberculosis / epidemiology*
  • Young Adult


  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
  • Hypoglycemic Agents