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Table 1 Baseline characteristics and clinical measurements of adults with morbid obesity comparing those with either axillary or cervical skin tags to those with no skin tags

From: Cross-sectional study of the association between skin tags and vascular risk factors in a bariatric clinic-based cohort of Irish adults with morbid obesity

VariableNo skin tagsAny skin tagsp-value
n15n85
Weight (kg)122.1± 15.3130.2± 27.40.113
Height (m)1.61± 0.071.68± 0.110.007#
Waist circumference (cm)133.7± 12.8136.3± 18.90.611
BMI (kg/m2)47.1± 6.646± 7.80.61
Systolic blood pressure (mmHg)125.1± 8.3138.0± 16.0< 0.001#
Diastolic blood pressure (mmHg)80.4± 9.785.6± 9.70.094
Total cholesterol (mmol/L)5± 1.04.6± 1.20.19
LDL cholesterol (mmol/L)3.1± 0.92.6± 1.20.136
HDL cholesterol (mmol/L)1.3± 0.31.2± 0.30.329
Triglycerides (mmol/L)1.5± 0.71.8± 1.10.351
Triglyceride:HDL1.3± 0.61.7± 1.40.054
total cholesterol (mmol/L)c5.3± 0.84.8± 1.20.155
LDL cholesterol (mmol/L)c3.4± 0.72.8± 1.10.103
HDL cholesterol (mmol/L)c1.2± 0.21.2± 0.30.993
Triglycerides (mmol/L)c1.6± 0.71.7± 1.00.712
Triglyceride:HDLc1.3± 0.61.6± 1.40.543
Total cholesterol (mmol/L)d3.9± 0.84.2± 1.30.666
LDL cholesterol (mmol/L)d1.9± 0.32.3± 1.20.587
HDL cholesterol (mmol/L)d1.5± 0.71.1± 0.30.128
Triglycerides (mmol/L)d1.1± 0.31.9± 1.20.288
Triglyceride:HDL ratiod0.9± 0.51.8± 1.50.306
Glucose (mmol)5.1± 0.56.6± 2.5< 0.001#
HbA1c (mmol/mol)37.8± 3.546.5± 13.2< 0.001#
Glucose (mmol)a5± 0.55.7± 1.90.189
HbA1c (mmol/mol)a36.8± 2.240.7± 10.50.201
Glucose (mmol)b5.6± 0.47.9± 2.70.244
HbA1c (mmol/mol)b44± 4.253.9± 12.70.289
Functional capacity (MET max)6± 1.76.1± 2.00.859
  1. Data are presented as means ± standard deviations
  2. aDenotes subgroup without diabetes (no skin tags n = 13, skin tags n = 50)
  3. bDenotes subgroup with diabetes (no skin tags n = 2, skin tags n = 35)
  4. cDenotes subgroup not on lipid lowering agent (no skin tags n = 12, skin tags n = 52)
  5. dDenotes subgroup on lipid lowering agent (no skin tags n = 3, skin tags n = 33)
  6. #p-value < 0.05