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Table 1 Distribution (%) of background variables and anthropometric data (means; standard deviations) on Assyrian/Syrians and Swedes (n = 354)

From: Hypertriglyceridemic waist may explain ethnic differences in hypertension among patients with type 2 diabetes in Sweden

Variables Assyrians/Syrians n = 173 Swedes n = 181 P value
Total 48.9 51.1  
Sex
Women 48.5 44.2 0.411
Men 51.5 55.8  
Age (years)
32–59 46.5 32.6 0.026
60–69 27.3 32.6  
≥70 26.2 34.8  
Body mass index 33 (20.2) 30 (6.0) 0.059
BMI (kg/m 2 )
Normal (<25) 13.0 13.5 0.038
Overweight (25.0–29.9) 30.0 44.5  
Obese (≥30) 57.0 42.0  
Abdominal obesity 106.1 (12.1) 106.3 (13.8) 0.877
Women (>88 cm) 62.0 52.0 0.205
Men (102 cm) 38.0 48.0 0.447
Alcohol consumption
High 3.0 4.0 0.000*
Moderate 44.5 81.0  
Low 52.5 15.0  
Medication (yes) 78.1 78.6 0.912
Elevated total cholesterol (≥4.5 mmol/L) 59.0 65.0 0.359
Elevated triglycerides (≥1.7 mmol/L) 40.0 64.0 0.000
Elevated HbA1c (>6%) 49.7 40.6 0.088
Hypertension 58.0 77.0 0.001
HyperTG waist†
Low WC + low TG 16.3 12.2 0.422
Low WC + high TG 9.9 14.9  
High WC + low TG 18.6 16.0  
High WC + high TG 55.2 56.9  
  1. *Bold-faced numbers are statistically significant and corrected for multiple statistical testing (<=0.005).
  2. † Low WC = ♂ ≤ 102 ♀ ≤ 88; Low TG = < 2.0; High WC = ♂ >102 ♀ >88 WC; High TG = ≥ 2.0.