The Relationship between Generalized and Abdominal Obesity with Diabetic Kidney Disease in Type 2 Diabetes: A Multiethnic Asian Study and Meta-Analysis.


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This study examined the associations of body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), waist-hip ratio (WHR) and waist-height ratio (WHtR) with diabetic kidney disease (DKD) in a clinical sample of Asian patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM); substantiated with a meta-analysis of the above associations. We recruited 405 patients with T2DM (mean (standard deviation (SD)) age: 58 (7.5) years; 277 (68.4%) male; 203 (50.1%) with DKD) from a tertiary care centre in Singapore. DKD was defined as urinary albumin-creatinine ratio >3.3 mg/mmoL and/or estimated glomerular filtration rate <60 mL/min/1.73 m². All exposures were analysed continuously and categorically (World Health Organization cut-points for BMI and WC; median for WHR and WHtR) with DKD using stepwise logistic regression models adjusted for traditional risk factors. Additionally, we synthesized the pooled odds ratio of 18 studies (N = 19,755) in a meta-analysis of the above relationships in T2DM. We found that overweight and obese persons (categorized using BMI) were more likely to have DKD compared to under/normal weight individuals, while no associations were found for abdominal obesity exposures. In meta-analyses however, all obesity parameters were associated with increased odds of DKD. The discordance in our abdominal obesity findings compared to the pooled analyses warrants further validation via longitudinal cohorts.

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Cited Authors

  • Man, REK; Gan, ATL; Fenwick, EK; Gupta, P; Wong, MYZ; Wong, TY; Tan, GSW; Teo, BW; Sabanayagam, C; Lamoureux, EL

Published Date

  • November 5, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 11

PubMed ID

  • 30400648

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30400648

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2072-6643

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2072-6643

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3390/nu10111685


  • eng