Reduced risk of hypoglycemia with insulin degludec versus insulin glargine in patients with type 2 diabetes requiring high doses of basal insulin: a meta-analysis of 5 randomized begin trials.
Rodbard HW., Gough S., Lane W., Korsholm L., Bretler D-M., Handelsman Y.
OBJECTIVE: This meta-analysis of 5 trials from the Phase 3a insulin degludec (IDeg) clinical trial program evaluated the risk of hypoglycemia in a subset of subjects with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who required high basal insulin doses at the end of the trials. METHODS: This meta-analysis compared glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), fasting plasma glucose (FPG), basal insulin dose, body weight, and rates of overall and nocturnal confirmed hypoglycemia in a pooled population of T2D subjects using >60 U basal insulin at trial completion. Five Phase 3a, open-label, randomized, treat-to-target, confirmatory 26- or 52-week trials with IDeg (n = 2,262) versus insulin glargine (IGlar) (n = 1,110) administered once daily were included. Overall confirmed hypoglycemia was defined as self-measured blood glucose >56 mg/dL or any episode requiring assistance; nocturnal confirmed hypoglycemia had an onset between 00:01 and 05:59 AM. RESULTS: More than one-third of IDeg- (35%) and IGlar- (34%) treated T2D subjects required >60 U of basal insulin daily at the ends of the trial. Patients achieved similar mean HbA1c values (estimated treatment difference [ETD] IDeg - IGlar: 0.05%, P = .44) while mean FPG values were lower with IDeg than IGlar (ETD: -5.9 mg/dL, P = .04) at end-of-trial. There was a 21% lower rate of overall confirmed hypoglycemic episodes for IDeg (estimated rate ratio [RR] IDeg/IGlar: 0.79, P = .02) and a 52% lower rate of nocturnal confirmed hypoglycemic episodes for IDeg (RR: 0.48, P<.01). CONCLUSION: In this post hoc meta-analysis, more than 30% of subjects with T2D required >60 U/day of basal insulin at the end of the trials. In these individuals, IDeg achieves similar HbA1c reduction with significantly less overall and nocturnal confirmed hypoglycemia compared with IGlar.