Effect of rosuvastatin on dyslipidemia and other parameters associated with metabolic syndrome in Saudi patients

  • M.M. Rafeeq
  • H.S. Habib
  • H.A.S. Murad
  • M.A. Gari
  • Z.J. Gazzaz
Keywords: Goal, insulin resistance, lipid, obesity, statin


Context: Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a constellation of metabolic irregularities consisting of dyslipidemia, hypertension, hyperglycemia, chronic inflammatory, and hypercoagulable state predisposing to diabetes and cardiovascular events. Statins are first-line drugs to treat the associated atherogenic dyslipidemia.

Aim: Effect of rosuvastatin on MS in Saudi patients was studied. Settings and

Design: Prospective, open label, randomized clinical study.

Materials and Methods: Patients of either sex ≥18 years (n = 153) having MS as per modified National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III criteria were prescribed rosuvastatin 10 mg OD for 24 weeks. Serum lipids, biochemical, clinical, and anthropometric parameters were studied before and after treatment.

Statistical Analysis Used: Statistical Package for Social Sciences version17 was used. Descriptive analysis was used for all variables and documented as mean ± SD. Normality checked by Shapiro–Wilk test, Kurtosis and Skewness Z-score, and visualization of histograms. Lipid levels and other parameters before and after treatment were evaluated by paired t-test for parametric data and Wilcoxon signed rank test for nonparametric data. Pre- and post-test values were correlated by Pearson’s correlation coefficient. Multiple regression analysis was performed to see effect of other variables.

Results: Highly significant reduction was observed in low density lipoprotein cholesterol, total cholesterol, triglycerides; very low density lipoprotein cholesterol, non-high density lipoprotein cholesterol and atherosclerotic index with an elevation in high density lipoprotein cholesterol. A total of 86% patients reached low density lipoprotein cholesterol goal of ≤ 100 mg/dL. Beneficial response was observed on other associated parameters. There was strong correlation between pre- and post values. No significant effect was observed for any of the variables on cholesterol reduction. No serious/severe adverse effect was observed.

Conclusion: Rosuvastatin markedly improved atherogenic dyslipidemia of MS.

Keywords: Goal, insulin resistance, lipid, obesity, statin


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