Glycosylated hemoglobin and mortality in patients with nondiabetic chronic kidney disease

Vandana Menon, Tom Greene, Arema A. Pereira, Xuelei Wang, Gerald J. Beck, John W. Kusek, Allan J Collins, Andrew S. Levey, Mark J. Sarnak

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In the general population, hyperglycemia in the absence of diabetes may be associated with increased risk for mortality. Hyperglycemia is prevalent in chronic kidney disease; however, the relationship between glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) as a marker of chronic hyperglycemia and outcomes has not been studied in nondiabetic chronic kidney disease. HbA1c was measured at baseline in the randomized cohort of the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease Study (n = 840). Participants with diabetes (n = 43), fasting glucose levels >126 mg/dl (n = 20), or missing HbA1c levels (n = 9) were excluded. Survival status until December 2000 was obtained from the National Death Index. Death was classified as cardiovascular (CVD) when the primary cause was International Classification of Disease, Ninth Revision codes 390 to 459. Cox models were performed to assess the relationship of HbA 1c with all-cause and CVD mortality. Mean (SD) age was 52 (12) years, and mean (SD) GFR was 32 (12) ml/min per 1.73 m2. Eighty-six percent of participants were white, and 61% were male. Mean (SD) HbA1c was 5.6% (0.5). A total of 169 (22%) patients died, 96 (13%) from CVD. After adjustment for randomization assignments and demographic, CVD, and kidney disease factors, HbA1c was a predictor of all-cause mortality (hazard ratio per 1% increase 1.73; 95% confidence interval 1.24 to 2.41; P = 0.001). There was a trend toward statistical significance in the relationship between HbA1c and CVD mortality (hazard ratio per 1% increase 1.53; 95% confidence interval 0.96 to 2.43; P = 0.07). HbA1c is associated with increased mortality in nondiabetic kidney disease. Hyperglycemia may be a potential therapeutic target and HbA1c may be important as a risk stratification tool in this high-risk population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3411-3417
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2005


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