INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: While higher body mass index (BMI) is associated with morbidity and mortality in the general population, the inverse has been shown in hemodialysis (HD) patients (pts) . Based on findings in the general population  an effect of height (HT), and not only weight, in the association between BMI and mortality risk may be assumed, evidenced by a recent study in the HD population . We aimed to discern the effects of both BMI and height on the risk of death in the MONDO database.
METHODS: Incident pts in Asia-Pacific (AP), North (NA) and South America (SA), and Europe (EU) between 01/2006 and 12/2010 were analyzed for outcomes during years 2 and 3 after HD initiation. The risk of all-cause mortality in the follow-up period was modeled employing a semi-parametric logistic regression using smoothing spline ANOVA models  adjusted for age and diabetes. We constructed contour plots that display mortality risk as a function of both HT and BMI in a continuous fashion in men and women for each region.
RESULTS: We studied 21,958 pts (62±15 years old, 42% F, BMI 26±6 kg/m2, HT 1.7±0.1m, 17.2% AP, 45% EU, 19.4% NA, 18.4% SA). The joint effect of HT and BMI is most pronounced among NA men and women, where shorter HT at high BMI and taller HT at low BMI result in higher probability of death. In EU, SA and AP men there is little effect of HT at each BMI level, except BMI< 20 kg/m2. For men in AP, lower BMI and taller HT results in higher probability of death. In women in AP, lower BMI and taller HT have highest probability of death, whereas for women in the EU, shorter HT at low BMI and taller HT at high BMI result in the highest probabilities of death.
CONCLUSIONS: While smaller BMI is closely related to increased risk of mortality, height does modulate the strength of this relationship, especially at lower BMI, and has independent associations to the risk of death. The biological basis of this finding remains to be elucidated.
|Publication status||Published - 22 May 2016|
|Event||ERA-EDTA 53rd Annual Congress - Vienna, Austria|
Duration: 21 May 2016 → 24 May 2016
|Conference||ERA-EDTA 53rd Annual Congress|
|Period||21/05/16 → 24/05/16|