Table 1

Descriptive characteristics of the ESRD population, with and without diabetes, at time of ESRD treatment initiation

DiabetesNo diabetesP value1
Sex (women)46.842.3<0.001
Age (years)63.1 (12.9)63.2 (16.9)0.01
Current smoker4.96.7<0.001
Renal transplant (yes)8.815.8<0.001
Clinical measurements
 BMI (kg/m2)29.9 (7.9)27.1 (7.3)<0.001
 Serum creatinine (mg/dL)26.0 (2.3)6.5 (2.6)<0.001
 LDL (mg/dL)89.1 (59.1)90.8 (57.1)<0.001
 Hemoglobin (g/dL)10.1 (15.1)10.2 (12.3)0.01
 Serum albumin (g/dL)2.7 (3.4)2.9 (3.1)<0.001
 Ischemic heart disease15.711.2<0.001
 Myocardial infarction5.34.1<0.001
 Congestive heart failure38.126.9<0.001
 Cerebrovascular disease10.68.2<0.001
 Peripheral vascular disease17.710.2<0.001
  • Data are % for categorical variables and mean (SD) for continuous variables. Data on clinical measurements and comorbidities were complete for >80% of the population and demographic data were complete.

  • 1P value for difference between populations with and without diabetes.

  • 2Due to outliers, we defined the mean (SD) of serum creatinine among the central 0.95 of the population, with creatinine defined as ≥0.6 and ≤13.7.

  • 3Disability defined as needing assistance in activities of daily living.