Decreased risk of Parkinson’s disease in diabetic patients with thiazolidinediones therapy: An exploratory meta-analysis

Autoři: Yueli Zhu aff001;  Jiali Pu aff001;  Yanxing Chen aff001;  Baorong Zhang aff001
Působiště autorů: Department of Neurology, the Second Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China aff001
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article



It has been found that thiazolidinediones (TZDs) may play a protective role in animal models of Parkinson’s disease (PD), while the results remain controversial whether TZDs protect against Parkinson’s disease in humans. The purpose of this meta-analysis is to explore the association between TZDs use and the incidence of PD in diabetic patients.


A systematic online search was conducted to find studies published up to 31 December 2018. In our exploratory meta-analysis, studies comparing incidence of PD between TZD-treated and non-TZD-treated groups of diabetic patients were included. Data analysis was performed using a random or fixed effects model and expressed as odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence interval (95% CI). We used the Cochrane Collaboration’s Review Manager 5.3 software to analyze data.


In total, 5 retrospective observational cohort studies were identified which met the inclusion criteria. The pooled odds ratio (OR) was 0.70 [95% CI, 0.51 to 0.96; p = 0.03] in a random-effects model, indicating a 30% lower risk of developing PD in diabetic patients treated with TZDs compared with non-TZD-treated patients.


In this exploratory meta-analysis, we found that TZDs use was associated with reduced risk of PD in diabetic patients. However, this meta-analysis was not registered online although we followed a protocol designed for it. Further prospective observational studies with larger sample size and more strict inclusion criteria including controlling for diabetes complication severity index, hypoglycemic drugs combination, sex ratio, and comorbidity are needed to guide whether RCTs are warranted. And RCTs can better determine whether TZDs use could lower incidence of PD in diabetic patients.

Klíčová slova:

Animal models – Cohort studies – Ethnicities – Parkinson disease – Publication ethics – Randomized controlled trials


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