Table 2

Demographic and anthropometric characteristics of patients with RA and healthy controls
Variables RA patients (N=120) Controls (N=100) p-value
Age (years)1 49 ± 12 48.5 ± 13 0.78
female Sex2 110 (91.7 ) 90 (90) 0.88
Menopause2 63(51.1) 61(61) 0.97
Body mass index3 28.1 (22.4 to 30.8) 24.5 (22.4 to 26.4) 0.23
Waist circumference3 91.4 (83.8 to 93.4) 80.4 (77.2 to 82.8) 0.001
Systolic blood pressure (mmHg)3 132.3 (126.1 to 130.5) 117.6 (115.5 to 119.7) 0.01
Diastolic blood pressure (mmHg)3 79.1 (77.9 to 80.3) 71.4 (70.3 to 74.5) 0.12
Total cholesterol, (mmol/l)3 5.4 (5.2 to 5.6) 5.2 (5.1 to 5.3) 0.32
HDL-cholesterol, (mmol/l)3 1.32 (1.25 to 1.37) 1.64 (1.60 to 1.70) 0.02
LDL-cholesterol, (mmol/l)3 3.3 (2.8 to 3.4) 2.4 (2.3 to 2.68) 0.04
Triglycerides, (mmol/l)3 2.09 (2.06 to 2.14) 1.97 (1.94 to 1.99) 0.23
Fasting plasma glucoce, (mmol/l)3 5.4 (5.3 to 5.5) 5.2 (5.1 to 5.4) 0.34

1: mean and standard deviation, 2: number and percentage, 3: median and quartiles.

Rostom et al.

Rostom et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:147   doi:10.1186/1471-2474-14-147

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