We investigated the efficacy of cilostazol treatment for 2 years on the attenuation of carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) progression in type 2 diabetic patients without cardiovascular disease history, as compared with other antiplatelet agents. We recruited a total of 230 type 2 diabetic patients who had undergone IMT measurement twice within 1.5-2.5 years (mean 2.06 ± 0.32 years) interval. Among these participants, we classified them into three groups according to antiplatelet agent administration at baseline: Group I (n = 66), antiplatelet naïve; Group II (n = 75), other antiplatelet agent administration; and Group III (n = 50), cilostazol administration. We then analyzed the changes in clinical characteristics from baseline to 2 years. The changes in annual mean IMT at 2 years were 0.019 ± 0.045 mm/year, -0.001 ± 0.058 mm/year, and -0.019 ± 0.043 mm/year for Group I, II, and III, respectively (P < 0.001). Mean change in total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol, and triglyceride compared with baseline decreased the most in Group III even after adjustment for statin use. We also observed that the odds ratio of carotid IMT progression at 2 years was the lowest in patients who were treated with cilostazol even after adjustment for change of metabolic parameters. When we categorized patients according to baseline carotid IMT tertile, the efficacy of cilostazol against carotid IMT progression was significant only when baseline IMT was over 0.662 mm (mean 0.801). Two-year treatment with cilostazol strongly inhibited carotid IMT progression compared to other antiplatelet agents in type 2 diabetic patients. This beneficial effect of cilostazol was significant when baseline IMT was thicker than 0.662 mm (mean 0.801 mm).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism