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CONTEXT: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and diabetes are associated with dyslipidemia, metabolic abnormalities, and atherosclerotic risk. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy provides much more detail on lipoproteins than traditional assays. METHODS: In about 38 000 participants from the Mexico City Prospective Study, aged 35 to 84 years and not using lipid-lowering medication, NMR spectroscopy quantified plasma concentrations of lipoprotein particles, their lipidic compositions, and other metabolic measures. Linear regression related low estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR; <60 mL/min/1.73 m2) to each NMR measure after adjustment for confounders and for multiplicity. Analyses were done separately for those with and without diabetes. RESULTS: Among the 38 081 participants (mean age 52 years, 64% women), low eGFR was present for 4.8% (306/6403) of those with diabetes and 1.2% (365/31 678) of those without diabetes. Among both those with and without diabetes, low eGFR was significantly associated with higher levels of 58 NMR measures, including apolipoprotein B (Apo-B), the particle numbers of most Apo-B containing lipoproteins, the cholesterol and triglycerides carried in these lipoproteins, several fatty acids, total cholines and phosphatidylcholine, citrate, glutamine, phenylalanine, β-OH-butyrate, and the inflammatory measure glycoprotein-A, and significantly lower levels of 13 NMR measures, including medium and small high-density lipoprotein particle measures, very low-density lipoprotein particle size, the ratio of saturated:total fatty acids, valine, tyrosine, and aceto-acetate. CONCLUSIONS: In this Mexican population with high levels of adiposity and diabetes, low kidney function was associated with widespread alterations in lipidic and metabolic profiles, both in those with and without diabetes. These alterations may help explain the higher atherosclerotic risk experienced by people with CKD.

Original publication




Journal article


J Clin Endocrinol Metab

Publication Date





2828 - 2839


Mexico, diabetes, kidney function, metabolic measures, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Apolipoproteins B, Atherosclerosis, Cholesterol, Choline, Diabetes Mellitus, Fatty Acids, Female, Glomerular Filtration Rate, Humans, Kidney, Kidney Function Tests, Linear Models, Lipids, Lipoproteins, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Male, Mexico, Middle Aged, Prospective Studies, Renal Insufficiency, Chronic, Triglycerides