Positive association of renal insufficiency with agriculture employment and unregulated alcohol consumption in Nicaragua.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Endemic renal insufficiency (RI) of unknown etiology is a major public health issue with high mortality in the Pacific coastal regions of Central America. We studied RI in León and Chinandega, Nicaragua, evaluating associations with known risk factors and hypothesized exposures. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted with assessment of medical, social, and occupational history and exposures in conjunction with measurement of serum creatinine. Cases were defined by an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) 140 or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) > 90 mmHg, or in reporting diabetes. Agricultural labor was associated with RI (OR = 2.48, 95%CI: 1.59, 3.89, p < 0.0001). There was no association with agricultural non-field work (OR = 0.91, 95%CI: 0.60, 1.38, p = 0.65). Consumption of unregulated alcohol ("lija") was associated with RI (OR = 2.10, 95%CI: 1.31, 3.39, p = 0.0023), as was drinking 5 L or more of water per day (OR = 3.59 vs. 1 L 95%CI: 1.52, 4.46, p = 0.0035). CONCLUSIONS: Agricultural field labor and lija consumption were associated with RI in this region. Water intake may also be important. Identifying specific risk factors for RI within these exposures, such as individual pesticides or lija ingredients, may facilitate prevention in a setting where dialysis and transplantation are limited.
Sanoff, SL; Callejas, L; Alonso, CD; Hu, Y; Colindres, RE; Chin, H; Morgan, DR; Hogan, SL
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