Statin adherence and the risk of Parkinson's disease: A population-based cohort study

Violetta Rozani, Nir Giladi, Baruch El-Ad, Tanya Gurevich, Judith Tsamir, Beatriz Hemo, Chava Peretz

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Background: While experimental data provided some compelling evidence on the benefits of statins on dopaminergic neurons, observational studies reported conflicting results regarding the potential of statins to effect the risk of Parkinson's disease (PD). Objectives: To evaluate the association between changes in statin adherence over time and PD risk. Methods: A population-based cohort of new statin users (ages 40-79, years 1999-2012) was derived from a large Israeli healthcare services organization. Data included history of statin purchases and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. Personal statin adherence was measured annually by the proportion of days covered (PDC). PD was detected employing a drug-tracer approach. Stratified (by sex, LDL-C levels at baseline and age) Cox proportional hazards models with time-dependent covariates were used to compute adjusted Hazard Ratio (HR) with 95%CI. Results: The cohort included 232,877 individuals, 49.3% men. Mean age at first statin purchase was 56.5 (±9.8) years for men and 58.7 (±9.2) years for women. PDC distribution for the whole follow up period differed between men and women: medians 58.3% and 54.1% respectively. During a mean follow up of 7.6 (±3.4) years, 2,550 (1.1%) PD cases were identified. In a 1-year lagged analysis, we found no association between annual statin adherence and PD risk in all age-groups regardless of statin type and potency. Age-pooled HR (95%CI) for men and women with LDL-C levels at baseline ≤160mg/dL were: 0.99 (0.99-1.01), 1.01 (1.00-1.02); and for men and women with LDL-C >160mg/dL levels: 0.99 (0.98-1.01), 0.97 (0.98-1.01). Conclusions: Our findings suggest that statin adherence over time does not affect PD risk. Future studies should use large-scale cohorts and refining assessments of long-term profiles in statin adherence.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0175054
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2017


FundersFunder number
National Parkinson ’s disease Foundation
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
National Parkinson Foundation
CHDI Foundation
Seventh Framework Programme
Israel Science Foundation


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