Continuous relationships between non-diabetic hyperglycaemia and both cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality: The Australian Diabetes, Obesity, and Lifestyle (AusDiab) study

E. L M Barr, E. J. Boyko, P. Z. Zimmet, R. Wolfe, A. M. Tonkin, J. E. Shaw

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Aims/hypothesis: Hyperglycaemia is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality in individuals without diabetes. We investigated: (1) whether the risk of all-cause and CVD mortality extended continuously throughout the range of fasting plasma glucose (FPG), 2 h plasma glucose (2hPG) and HbA1c values; and (2) the ability of these measures to improve risk prediction for mortality. Methods: Data on 10,026 people aged 25 years without diagnosed diabetes were obtained from the population-based Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle study. Between 1999 and 2000, FPG, 2hPG and HbA1c were assessed and all-cause (332 deaths) and CVD (88 deaths) mortality were obtained after 7 years. Results: Both 2hPG and HbA1c exhibited linear relationships with all-cause and CVD mortality, whereas FPG showed J-shaped relationships. The adjusted HR (95% CI) for all-cause mortality per SD increase was 1.2 (1.1-1.3) for 2hPG and 1.1 (1.0-1.2) for HbA 1c. The HR for FPG <5.1 mmol/l (per SD decrease) was 2.0 (1.3-3.0); for FPG 5.1 mmol/l (per SD increase) the HR was 1.1 (1.0-1.2). Corresponding HRs for CVD mortality were 1.2 (1.0-1.4), 1.2 (1.0-1.3), 4.0 (2.1-7.6) and 1.3 (1.1-1.4). The discriminative ability of each measure was similar; no measure substantially improved individual risk identification over traditional risk factors. Conclusions/interpretation: In individuals without diagnosed diabetes, 2hPG and FPG, but not HbA1c were significant predictors of all-cause mortality, whereas all measures were significant predictors of CVD mortality. However, these glucose measures did not substantially improve individual risk identification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-424
Number of pages10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperglycaemia
  • Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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