Glycated Hemoglobin and All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality Among Adults With and Without Diabetes.
CONTEXT: The patterns of associations between glycated Hb (HbA1c) and mortality are still unclear. OBJECTIVE: To explore the extent to which ranges of HbA1c levels are associated with the risk of mortality among participants with and without diabetes. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS: This was a nationwide, community-based prospective cohort study. Included were 15,869 participants (median age 64 years) of the Health and Retirement Study, with available HbA1c data and without a history of cancer. Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to estimate hazard ratios with 95% CIs for mortality. RESULTS: A total of 2133 participants died during a median follow-up of 5.8 years. In participants with diabetes, those with an HbA1c level of 6.5% were at the lowest risk of all-cause mortality. When HbA1c level was <5.6% or >7.4%, the increased all-cause mortality risk became statistically significant as compared with an HbA1c level of 6.5%. As for participants without diabetes, those with an HbA1c level of 5.4% were at the lowest risk of all-cause mortality. When the HbA1c level was <5.0%, the increased all-cause mortality risk became statistically significant as compared with an HbA1c level of 5.4%. However, we did not observe a statistically significant elevated risk of all-cause mortality above an HbA1c level of 5.4%. CONCLUSIONS: A U-shaped and reverse J-shaped association for all-cause mortality was found among participants with and without diabetes. The corresponding optimal ranges for overall survival are predicted to be 5.6% and 7.4% and 5.0% and 6.5%, respectively.
Li, F-R; Zhang, X-R; Zhong, W-F; Li, Z-H; Gao, X; Kraus, VB; Lv, Y-B; Zou, M-C; Chen, G-C; Chen, P-L; Zhang, M-Y; Kur, AKA; Shi, X-M; Wu, X-B; Mao, C
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