The association between serum bilirubin concentrations and CKD is controversial and conflicting studies show opposing results. This study as presented in the slideshow, shows that higher serum direct bilirubin levels were significantly associated with a lower risk of the development of CKD, even when considering a variety of cardiometabolic parameters. The study authors believe that serum direct bilirubin could become a new marker for assessing CKD risk and a potential target for risk modification. Published February 20, 2014 PLOS One
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