Diabetes after Kidney Donation

H. N. Ibrahim, A. Kukla, G. Cordner, R. Bailey, K. Gillingham, A. J. Matas

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Kidney donors, similar to the general population, are at risk for development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The course of donors who develop T2DM has not been studied. We surveyed 3777 kidney donors regarding the development of T2DM. Of the 2954 who responded, 154 developed T2DM 17.7 ± 9.0 years after donation. The multivariable risk of development of T2DM was associated with type 1 DM in the recipient, male gender and body mass index >30 kg/m2 at time of donation. Compared to age, gender, duration after donation and body mass index (BMI)-matched non-diabetic donor controls; diabetic donors were more likely to have hypertension (70.8% vs. 36.2%, p = 0.005), proteinuria (18.8% vs. 3.9%, p < 0.0001) but had a similar serum creatinine. eGFR change after T2DM development was -0.80 ± 0.94 mL/min/year, -0.70 ± 0.86 in nondiabetic donors with similar duration after donation and -0.61 ± 0.76 mL/min/year in age, gender, BMI and duration after donation matched nondiabetic donor controls. These preliminary and shor-term data demonstrate that factors associated with T2DM in kidney donors are similar to those in the general population and donors screened carefully at the time of donation do not appear to have an acceleration of diabetic kidney disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-337
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Donation
  • Kidney

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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