OBJECTIVE Diabetes-associated autoantibodies can be detected in adult-onset diabetes, even when initially non-insulin requiring, i.e., with latent autoimmune diabetes. We aimed to identify adult-onset autoimmune diabetes in patients with established "type 2 diabetes" participating in the Collaborative Atorvastatin Diabetes Study (CARDS) to characterize their phenotype and clinical outcome. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS We prospectively studied 2,425 European patients with presumed type 2 diabetes (mean age 62 years, diabetes duration 7.9 years) for outcomes at 3.9 years after randomization to either atorvastatin or placebo. Subjects were screened for autoantibodies to GAD (GADA), insulinoma-associated antigen-2 (IA-2A), and zinc-transporter 8 (ZnT8A). RESULTS A total of 173 patients (7.1%) had GADA, ofwhom11 (0.5%) and 5 (0.2%)were also positive for IA-2A and ZnT8A, respectively. At baseline, 44% of GADA-positive patients were not on insulin. Fewer autoantibody-positive than autoantibodynegative patients hadmetabolic syndrome (64 vs. 80%), andmore were on insulin (56 vs. 17%) (P <0.0001 for each) without lower HbA (69 mmol/mol [8.5%] vs. 62 mmol/mol [7.8%]). The frequency of microvascular and macrovascular events was similar in both cohorts, independent of atorvastatin. CONCLUSIONS Adult-onset autoimmune diabetes was prevalent, even in patients with established diabetes presumed to have type 2 diabetes. After 11.8 years' diabetes duration, nearly half the patients with autoimmune diabetes were not on insulin treatment and almost two-thirds had metabolic syndrome. The type of diabetes, whether autoimmune diabetes or type 2 diabetes, did not impact the risk of microvascular disease. © 2014 by the American Diabetes Association.
- Adult Age of Onset Aged Anticholesteremic Agents Autoantibodies Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 Double-Blind Method Female Germany Glucose Intolerance Glutamate Decarboxylase Heptanoic Acids Humans Hypoglycemic Agents Insulin Male Metabolic Syndrome X Middle Aged Phenotype Prevalence Prospective Studies Pyrroles Risk Factors