Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

  • Olivera Stojceva-Taneva University Clinic for Nephrology, Medical Faculty, Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Skopje
  • Natasa Eftimovska Otovic City General Hospital “8th of September”, Medical Faculty, Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Skopje
  • Borjanka Taneva University Clinic for Cardiology, Medical Faculty, Ss Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Skopje
Keywords: chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, risk factors, prevalence


BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) became a new epidemic of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Diabetic nephropathy is one of the leading causes of end-stage renal failure as a result of the diabetes epidemic worldwide.

AIM: The aim of our study was to assess the prevalence of CKD in the Republic of Macedonia and its association with diabetes mellitus.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was a part of a study conducted in 2006 in terms of screening for early detection of kidney disease. It was a cross-sectional study based on a random sample of patients aged > 20, consecutively consulting their primary physician for any cause. Fifty physicians throughout the country were included in the study. A total of 2637 patients have been analyzed based on integrity data. GFR was estimated using corrected values of serum creatinine and calculating kidney function by the Cockroft & Gault formula, adjusted for body surface using the Gehan & George formula. Patients with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) less than 60 ml/min were considered as having CKD. Blood pressure, body weight, height, serum creatinine, glucose, hemoglobin, hematocrit, urinalysis and medical history for presence of cardiovascular diseases or diabetes were also assessed.

RESULTS: The mean age of the subjects was 45.97 ± 16.55 SD and 17.97% were older than 60. Regarding gender, 44.14% were males. The prevalence of diabetes mellitus was 13.9%. Subjects with CKD (eGFR less than 60 ml/min) were 7.53% of the total. Subjects aged 60 or above, had 20 times higher risk of having CKD (eGFR less than 60 ml/min/1.73 m2). Out of the total group of subjects, 13.9% had diabetes mellitus and they had 3.13 times higher risk of having CKD stage 3-5 (eGFR less than 60 ml/min/1.73 m2) when compared to non-diabetics. The results showed that diabetes was significantly more associated with lower eGFR (less than 60 ml/min/1.73 m2) in younger subjects (age less than 60) compared to older ones (odds ratio 3.29 versus 1.21).

CONCLUSION: Our study showed that chronic kidney disease is frequent in the Republic of Macedonia and is associated with older age and diabetes. Diabetes had a significantly stronger association with CKD at younger age.


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Stojceva-Taneva O, Eftimovska Otovic N, Taneva B. Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2016Jan.20 [cited 2020Nov.25];4(1):79-2. Available from:
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