Background The atherogenic index of plasma (AIP), which is the logarithmic ratio of triglyceride (TG) to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), had a linear relationship with clinical outcomes in the general population. However, the association of each lipid profile, TG and HDL-C, with survival was not straightforward in dialysis patients. This non-linear association led us to further investigate the prognostic impact of the AIP in these patients. Methods From a nationwide prospective cohort, 1,174 incident dialysis patients were included. Patients were categorized into quintiles according to the AIP. An independent association of the AIP with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality was determined. Results During a mean follow-up duration of 33.2 months, 170 patients (14.5%) died, and cardiovascular death was observed in 55 patients (4.7%). Multivariate Cox analyses revealed that the lowest (quintile 1, hazard ratio [HR] = 1.76, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.02-3.03) and the highest (quintile 5, HR = 2.15, 95% CI = 1.26-3.65) AIP groups were significantly associated with higher all-cause mortality compared to patients in quintile 3 (reference group). In terms of cardiovascular mortality, only the highest AIP group (quintile 5, HR = 2.59, 95% CI = 1.06-6.34) was significantly associated with increased risk of mortality. Sensitivity analyses showed that a U-shaped association between the AIP and all-cause mortality remained significant in non-diabetic and underweight to normal body mass index patients. Conclusions Both the highest and the lowest AIP groups were independently associated with all-cause mortality, showing a U-shaped association. It suggested further studies are needed to identify targets and subgroups that can benefit from intervention of the AIP in incident dialysis patients.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)