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Table 1 Mean total cholesterol and triglyceride levels at baseline survey by social class, educational level and deprivation category

From: Distribution of lipid parameters according to different socio-economic indicators- the EPIC-Norfolk prospective population study

  Men Women
  N = 10,147 N = 12,304
  Total cholesterol Triglycerides Total cholesterol Triglycerides
Social class n * * n * *
I 782 6.03 6.05 1.89 1.92 802 6.24 6.26 1.48 1.51
II 3888 6.03 6.03 1.88 1.88 4352 6.27 6.27 1.51 1.53
III Non-manual 1259 6.00 6.00 1.87 1.87 2464 6.24 6.24 1.53 1.54
III Manual 2570 5.95 5.95 1.86 1.85 2574 6.27 6.26 1.59 1.57
IV 1354 5.98 5.98 1.89 1.88 1640 6.27 6.25 1.59 1.56
V 294 5.99 5.98 1.93 1.93 472 6.37 6.34 1.65 1.59
p value for trend   0.1 0.06 0.8 0.3   0.3 0.6 <0.001 0.05
Educational level           
Degree or equivalent 1571 6.01 6.02 1.84 1.88 1357 6.22 6.24 1.46 1.49
A-level or equivalent 4636 6.01 6.01 1.86 1.86 3234 6.22 6.22 1.49 1.49
O-level or equivalent 882 6.03 6.03 1.92 1.92 2011 6.24 6.24 1.50 1.52
No qualifications 3059 5.97 5.96 1.90 1.88 5701 6.31 6.30 1.61 1.60
p value for trend   0.2 0.1 0.05 0.2   <0.001 0.004 <0.001 <0.001
Deprivation category           
1 (<−3.80) 2068 6.00 6.00 1.86 1.88 2466 6.28 6.28 1.52 1.53
2 (−3.79 to −2.92) 2139 5.99 5.99 1.87 1.86 2542 6.26 6.26 1.53 1.53
3 (−2.91 to −2.09) 1971 6.02 6.02 1.86 1.86 2368 6.25 6.25 1.53 1.54
4 (−2.08 to −0.55) 2042 5.98 5.97 1.89 1.88 2517 6.25 6.24 1.57 1.55
5 (> − 0.54) 1927 6.00 6.00 1.90 1.90 2411 6.28 6.27 1.58 1.57
p value for trend   0.8 0.7 0.4 0.5   0.9 0.8 0.01 0.2
  1. Based on Townsend deprivation scores.
  2. *Adjusted for age.
  3. Adjusted for age and body mass index.