Mortality Burden and Life-Years Lost Across the Age Spectrum for Adults Living with CKD

Alexander J. Kula*, David K. Prince, Ronit Katz, Nisha Bansal

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BackgroundYounger individuals living with CKD face a lifetime at risk for complications and mortality. Limited data exist to inform individual patients with CKD across the lifespan how their risk for mortality compares with equivalently aged individuals without CKD, particularly at younger ages. The objective of this study was to provide age-specific contexts to the risk of mortality associated with a diagnosis of CKD.MethodsWe created a pooled study cohort using participants with CKD enrolled in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort along with participants aged 21-75 years included in the 1999-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey surveys. Age-stratified mortality rates, along with unadjusted and adjusted hazard ratios (HRs) for mortality, were generated to compare differences between those with and without CKD. The mean life-years lost (LYL) relating to CKD was calculated using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention life tables.ResultsA total of 16,725 participants were included. Mortality rates were higher in those with CKD at all ages. The adjusted age-stratified HR for mortality in those with CKD versus without was highest in the 21-35 years strata (HR [95% confidence interval (CI)], 4.9 [2.8 to 8.6])) and lowest in the 65-75 years strata (HR [95% CI], 2.0 [1.7 to 2.3]). The mean LYL secondary to CKD was inversely related with increasing age.ConclusionsCompared with age-matched peers without CKD, the age-stratified risk for mortality and LYL associated with a diagnosis of CKD is highest in younger individuals. Further research is needed to elucidate the societal and personal costs of premature mortality associated with CKD in young adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)615-621
Number of pages7
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2023


  • CKD
  • cardiovascular disease
  • epidemiology
  • life-years lost
  • lifespan research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • General Medicine
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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