Background: The respective incidences of ischemic heart and cerebrovascular disease (IHD, CVD) are high in diabetic individuals. Complications of dyslipidemia increase the risk, but direct evidence is limited, so a cohort prospective study (Japan-CDM) was conducted. Methods and Results: The study group comprised 4,014 subjects with type 2 diabetes (1,936 women, 2,078 men; mean age 67.4±9.5 years) who were divided into dyslipidemic patients (79.1%) with or without medication (medicated, 50.9%; not medicated, 28.2%) and normo-lipidemic patients (20.9%). The incidence of IHD, CVD, arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO), congestive heart failure (CHF) and death was assessed. IHD and CVD occurred in 0.82 and 0.67%, respectively, during the first year following registration. CHF, ASO and sudden death occurred in 0.27%, 0.12% and 0.12%, respectively. There was a significant statistical difference in the relation of elevated levels of high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol to lower rates of IHD and CVD. IHD and CVD in males were dependent on the level of low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C): 0.45%, 1.56%, 1.78%, 1.91% and 2.34% were observed in less than 2.11, 2.11-2.62, 2.63-3.15, 3.16-3.67, and more than 3.68 mol/L of LDL-C. In the lowest LDL-C group, death other than from vascular diseases was increased. Age, sex (male) and complicated hypertension increased the risk of events. Patients who were prescribed antihyperlipidemic agents suffered less events than patients who were not being treated, which suggests direct effects of therapy. Conclusion: Strict lipid control may be effective for reducing the incidence of vascular events in Japanese diabetic individuals.
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