We investigated how age affected renal function in healthy subjects in Beijing and compared different estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) equations. Kidney function was evaluated by five equations: Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI); Modification of Diet in Renal Disease Study (MDRD); the Chinese version of the MDRD (MDRDc); Full Age Spectrum (FAS); and Berlin Initiative Study (BIS). A total of 46,708 subjects were enrolled and followed-up for 3 years. All showed an increase in sCr and a reduction in eGFR with increasing age. Over the 3 years, the eGFR and serum creatinine (sCr) remained unchanged in most subjects. Different equations showed good consistency; the intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) was 0.849 for males, and 0.817 for females. The CKD-EPI equation yielded higher GFR values than the other equations (according to sCr levels). For subjects aged over 70 years, the BIS equation produced the lowest eGFR values. In summary, we observed that the renal function of individuals was relatively stable with increasing age, although different eGFR equations yielded data that varied across different populations of subjects and sCr levels.
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