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Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2019 Apr 11:e3169. doi: 10.1002/dmrr.3169. [Epub ahead of print]

Effects of sodium-glucose cotransporter (SGLT) inhibitors in addition to insulin therapy on glucose control and safety outcomes in adults with type 1 diabetes: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

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Department of Pharmacy, the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China.
Department of Medical Administration, Chengdu Women's and Children's Central Hospital, Chengdu, China.


Sodium-glucose cotransporter (SGLT) inhibitors added to insulin therapy have been proposed as treatment strategy for type 1 diabetes (T1D). We thus conducted a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to assess the efficacy and adverse effects of this combination in T1D. We searched the PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library databases and for RCTs. Statistical analyses were performed using STATA 15. Ten eligible placebo-controlled trials involving 5961 patients were included. Compared with placebo, SGLT inhibitors were associated with a reduction in HbA1c of -0.39% (95% CI, -0.43 to -0.36), an improved mean amplitude of glucose excursion (MAGE) of -14.81 mg/dL (95% CI, -19.08 to -10.54), and a reduction in body weight of -3.47% (95% CI, -3.78 to -3.16), as well as no increased relative risk of hypoglycaemia (1.01; 95% CI, 0.99-1.02) or severe hypoglycaemia (0.91; 95% CI, 0.77-1.07). SGLT inhibitors decreased fasting plasma glucose and insulin requirement but increased the risk of genital infection (3.57; 95% CI, 2.97-4.29) and diabetic ketoacidosis (3.11; 95% CI, 2.11-4.58). However, the very low dose empagliflozin (2.5 mg) did not increase the risk of diabetic ketoacidosis (risk ratio [RR] 0.67; 95% CI, 0.11-3.95). SGLT inhibitors had no effect on overall adverse events, urinary tract infection, or bone fracture but slightly increased the risk of serious adverse events (1.35; 95% CI, 1.16-1.58), severe adverse events (1.84; 95% CI, 1.20-2.84), adverse events leading to discontinuation (1.50; 95% CI, 1.22-1.84), drug-related adverse events (1.78; 95% CI, 1.44-2.19), and diarrhoea (1.54; 95% CI, 1.15-2.05). Although adverse events exist, the available data provide evidence that the combination of SGLT inhibitors with basal insulin treatment is beneficial in patients with T1D.


SGLT inhibitors; glucose control; safety outcomes; type 1 diabetes


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