Diabetic nephropathy in African-Americans with type 1 diabetes: The new Jersey 725 study

Maria Jose Redondo, The University of Texas School of Public Health


Diabetic nephropathy is the most common cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States. African-Americans and patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) are at increased risk. We studied the rate and factors that influenced progression of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) in 401 African-American T1D patients who were followed for 6 years through the observational cohort New Jersey 725 study. Patients with ESRD and/or GFR<20 ml>/min were excluded. The mean (SD) baseline GFR was 106.8 (27.04) ml/min and it decreased by 13.8 (mean, SD 32.2) ml/min during the 6-year period (2.3 ml/min/year). In patients with baseline macroproteinuria, GFR decreased by 31.8 (39.0) ml/min (5.3 ml/min/year) compared to 8.2 (mean, SD 27.6) ml/min (1.3 ml/min/year) in patients without it (p<0.00001). Six-year GFR fell to <20 ml/min in 5.25% of all patients, but in 16.8% of macroproteinuric patients. A model including baseline GFR, proteinuria category and hypertension category, explained 35% of the 6-year GFR variability (p<0.0001). After adjustment for other variables in the model, 6-year GFR was 24.9 ml/min lower in macroproteinuric patients than in those without proteinuria (p=0.0001), and 12.6 ml/min lower in patients with treated but uncontrolled hypertension compared to normotensive patients (p=0.003). In this sample of patients, with an elevated mean glycosylated hemoglobin of 12.4%, glycemic control did not independently influence GFR deterioration, nor did BMI, cholesterol, gender, age at diabetes onset or socioeconomic level. Taken together, our findings suggest that proteinuria and hypertension are the most important factors associated with GFR deterioration in African-American T1D patients.

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Medicine|Public health

Recommended Citation

Redondo, Maria Jose, "Diabetic nephropathy in African-Americans with type 1 diabetes: The new Jersey 725 study" (2010). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1474697.