Lower serum calcium is independently associated with CKD progression

Cynthia J. Janmaat, Merel van Diepen, Alessandro Gasparini, Marie Evans, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, Johan Ärnlöv, Peter Barany, Carl-Gustaf Elinder, Joris I. Rotmans, Marc Vervloet, Friedo W. Dekker, Juan Jesus Carrero

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Disturbances in calcium metabolism are common in individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD), but whether they are associated with subsequent kidney function decline is less clear. In a CKD 3-5 cohort of 15,755 adult citizens of Stockholm with creatinine tests taken during 2006-2011 and concurrent calcium testing at cohort entry, we investigated the association between baseline serum calcium and the subsequent change in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR, by CKD-EPI) decline using linear mixed models. Mean (SD) baseline corrected serum calcium was 9.6 (0.5) mg/dL. Mean (95%-confidence interval [CI]) eGFR decline was -0.82 (-0.90; -0.74) mL/min/1.73 m2/year. In advanced CKD stages, higher baseline serum calcium was associated with less rapid kidney function decline. The adjusted change (95%-CI) in eGFR decline associated with each mg/dL increase in baseline serum calcium was -0.10 (-0.28; 0.26), 0.39 (0.07; 0.71), 0.34 (-0.02; 0.70) and 0.68 (0.36; 1.00) mL/min/1.73 m2/year for individuals in CKD stage 3a, 3b, 4, and 5, respectively. In a subgroup of patients using vitamin D supplements, the association between baseline serum calcium and CKD progression was eliminated, especially in CKD stage 3b and 4. To conclude, in individuals with CKD stage 3b to 5, lower baseline corrected serum calcium, rather than higher baseline serum calcium, associated with a more rapid CKD progression. Lower serum corrected calcium seems to be indicative for vitamin D deficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5148
JournalScientific reports
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

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