Background: Diabetic nephrosclerosis is the most common cause of renal failure in the industrialized countries. At the same time, the mortality rate of patients with diabetes mellitus is high.
Methods: To clarify the factors influencing the prognosis and survival of patients with diabetic nephrosclerosis, we carried out a retrospective follow-up study of 166 cases (age, 55.6 +/- 1.0 years; male/female, 110/56) by simple and multifactorial analyses of clinical data recorded at time of renal biopsy, including survival after diagnosis of diabetic mellitus (months), body mass index (BMI) (kg/m(2)) [body weight/(body height)(2)], age (years), mean blood pressure (mBP) (mmHg) [diastolic BP + (systolic BP - diastolic BP)/3], serum levels of albumin (mg/dl), urea nitrogen (BUN) (mg/dl), serum creatinine (s-Cr) (mg/dl), total cholesterol (mg/dl), triglyceride (mg/dl), and fasting blood sugar (FBS) (mg/dl), hematocrit (%), HbA1c (%), urinary protein secretion (g/day), insulin resistance, BP control (good, <140/90 mmHg or poor, > or =140/90 mmHg) after biopsies, and pathomorphological parameters at the biopsy.
Results: We found a significant association between renal prognosis and several factors, e.g., hypoalbuminemia, anemia, high levels of BUN and s-Cr, hypercholesteremia, hypertriglyceridemia at biopsy, poor control of BP after biopsies, Kimmelstiel-Wilson nodule, and severe glomerular and tubulointerstitial damages at the biopsy. In addition, associations between survival and factors such as low value of BMI, elderly age at the biopsy, and poor control of BP after biopsies were significant. By multivariate analysis we also found a significant association of renal prognosis with anemia, BUN, severe glomerular damage at the biopsy, and poor control of BP after biopsies. At the same time, poor control of BP after biopsies had a significant association with survival. On Kaplan-Meier analysis, anemia at biopsy and hypertension after biopsies are risk factors for both renal prognosis and survival in diabetes mellitus patients.
Conclusions: Our data strongly suggest that good control of BP after biopsies and anemia at the biopsy play pivotal roles in the prognosis and survival of patients with diabetic glomerulosclerosis.