Table 2

Baseline characteristics at ages 50 and 70 in the total sample. Values are numbers (percentages) of participants unless otherwise indicated

BaselineAge 50Age 70
No of individuals23221221
Smoking1185 (51)245 (21)
Diabetes106 (5)233 (19)
Hypertension990 (43)911 (75)
Mean (SD) total cholesterol in mmol/l6.9 (1.3)5.8 (1.0)
NCEPBMI405 (17)282 (23)
NCEPWAIST294 (24)
WHOHOMA270 (12)258 (21)
WHOCLAMP520 (43)
  • NCEP=national cholesterol education programme; WHO=World Health Organization; BMI=body mass index; HOMA=homeostasis model assessment.