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Table 1 Mean Baseline Characteristics of Study Participants Included in the Regressions

From: Chronic disease risk factors associated with health service use in the elderly

Characteristic Men 50 and Over
(N = 557)
Men Under 50
(N = 693)
Women 50 and Over
(N = 588)
Women Under 50
(N = 685)
  %
Current smoker 20.7 36.3 18.1 32.8
Physically Inactive 40.7 45.8 45.6 40.9
Diabetic 6.1 1.0 6.4 1.0
HS diploma or more 48.7 79.7 52.5 83.7
Geographic Location     
   Central 29.8 32.2 32.5 35.0
   Northern 26.6 25.9 24.15 22.4
   Eastern 23.1 22.7 20.6 21.0
   Western 20.5 19.2 22.7 21.6
Unemployed in current year 7.0 29.2 6.2 26.4
  Mean (SD) [Median]
Age in years 66.5 (10.3) 33.0 (9.6) 66.2 (10.4) 33.1 (9.2)
Total Cholesterol in mmol/L 5.5 (1.0) 5.1 (1.1) 5.9 (1.1) 4.9 (0.9)
Diastolic Blood Pressure in mm Hg 79.8 (9.3) 78.4 (9.6) 77.3 (8.5) 72.7 (8.6)
Systolic Blood Pressure in mm Hg 136.0 (17.6) 122.5 (12.0) 133.9 (17.9) 112.8 (12.1)
Body Mass Index 27.4 (4.4) 27.2 (5.4) 27.3 (5.7) 26.2 (6.2)
Annual GP visits 7.0 (9.1) [5] 2.8 (4.4) [1] 7.7 (8.8) [6] 5.1 (5.5) [4]
Annual Specialist visits 4.4 (8.8) [1] 1.2 (3.8) [0] 3.7 (6.0) [1] 1.7 (3.9) [0]
Annual hospital bed days 2.6 (7.9) [0] 1.1 (4.8) [0] 2.1 (6.9) [0] 1.0 (4.0) [0]
  1. SD = standard deviation
  2. *Results are not weighted. Numbers represent only the study sample.
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