Gender, age and nationality differences in chronic kidney disease prevalence in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Aim: We aimed to better understand the prevalence of chronic kidney disease in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where a very diverse ethnic population lives, each with their own risk profile. Methods: Data were analysed on all patients who were tested for serum creatinine in December 2019 for 4 years within our healthcare network. We analysed data for kidney disease by age, gender and nationality to study differences in prevalence and risk. Results: The entire cohort (EC) consisted 1 925 672 samples from 703 122 patients. 24% of patients had GFR < 90 mL/min/1.73 m2 (CKD2-5), 4% had more severe kidney dysfunction (CKD3-5) and 2% had UACR >3 mg/mmol and with GFR > 90 (CKD1). The long follow-up (LFU) group comprised 45.6% of patients who had eGFR on at least two occasions more than 90 days apart, and of these 19.5% had sustained eGFR <90, and 5.2% had CKD3-5. Males had lower eGFR than females in the EC (RR 1.68) and the LFU group (RR 1.76). Emirati Females had the lowest prevalence in the EC (2.9%) and expatriate females in the LFU (3.5%) groups. The relative risks of CKD in expatriate males were highest in the EC (2.14) and the LFU (2.39) groups. When we looked at the age distribution by nationality there were highly significant differences in some populations being highly represented at younger ages. Conclusion: The prevalence of kidney disease in Abu Dhabi has a male predominance, with younger expatriates highly represented. A targeted strategy to identify those at high risk may identify early CKD to prevent progression to end-stage kidney disease. (Figure presented.).

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)288-296
Number of pages9
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2024


  • chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • clinical epidemiology
  • estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR)
  • health services
  • high-risk populations


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