Blood cadmium level's association with 18-month mortality in diabetic patients with maintenance haemodialysis

Tzung Hai Yen, Ja-Liang Lin*, Dan Tzu Lin-Tan, Ching Wei Hsu, Kuan Hsing Chen, Hsiang Hao Hsu

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Background: Cadmium exposure is related to severity of diabetes and diabetes-related organ damage in diabetic patients. Elevated blood cadmium levels (BCLs) are well known in maintenance haemodialysis (MHD) patients but the clinical significance in diabetic MHD patients remains unknown.Methods. A total of 212 diabetic MHD patients were enrolled in this 18-month prospective study and were categorized into three equal groups according to the basal BCL: high (> 0.889 μg/L; n = 71), middle (0.3730.889 μg/L; n = 70) and low (< 0.373 μg/L; n = 71) BCL groups. The mortality and cause of death were recorded and analysed longitudinally.Results. Patients with high BCL had trends of higher white blood cell counts, glycosylated haemoglobin, phosphate and blood lead levels than other group patients. At the end of the follow-up, 31 patients had died. KaplanMeier analysis showed that the high BCL group patients had a higher mortality than other group patients (log-rank test, P = 0.036). Cox multivariate analysis demonstrated that logarithmic BCL was associated with increased hazard ratios (HR) for the all-cause mortality (HR = 2.336, 95% confidence intervals [CI] = 1.0994.964, P = 0.027) in diabetic MHD patients. Similarly, if the low BCL group was the reference, the high BCL was associated with increased HR for all-cause mortality (HR = 2.865, 95% CI = 1.1177.353, P = 0.043) in these patients.Conclusions. The study results first demonstrated that BCL is associated with increased HR for 18-month all-cause mortality in diabetic MHD patients. Avoiding smoking and high cadmium-containing food may be important in these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)998-1005
Number of pages8
JournalNephrology Dialysis Transplantation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 03 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • blood cadmium levels
  • diabetes
  • inflammation
  • maintenance haemodialysis
  • mortality


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