ObjectiveWe aimed to investigate the effects of prediabetes and its phenotypes of impaired fasting glucose (IFG), impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and elevated glycated hemoglobin A1c (EHbA1c) on chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurrence, and define the cut-off point of each glycemic index that significantly increases the risk of CKD.Research design and methodsIn this prospective cohort study, 6446 non-diabetic subjects aged 40 years and over were followed over a period of 3 years to track the new onset of CKD. Cox regression was used to assess the association of prediabetes and its phenotypes with CKD. Receiver operating characteristic curves were used to define the cut-off point of each glycemic index that significantly increases the occurrence of CKD. Population attributable risk percent was calculated to estimate the contribution of prediabetes to CKD.ResultsCompared to subjects with normal glucose tolerance, patients with prediabetes significantly increased the risk of development of CKD (HR=2.33 (1.19–4.55)). Specifically, this increased risk of CKD development was observed in patients with IFG, IGT and EHbA1c. The cut-off points shown to significantly increase the risk of CKD are fasting plasma glucose of 5.63 mmol/L, 2-hour plasma glucose of 6.80 mmol/L and HbA1c of 5.6%. The contribution of prediabetes to CKD occurrence in the study population was 60.6%.ConclusionsThis result suggests that the stricter criteria might be needed to define normal plasma glucose level in China that would not be predisposed to diabetic complications, particularly CKD.