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Table 3 Effect of various variables including fasting on serum lipids and BMI.a

From: Effects of Greek orthodox christian church fasting on serum lipids and obesity

Dependent variables Predictors Beta t p
End Total Cholesterol Pre-fasting TC 0.94 28.3 <0.001
  Fasting -0.24 -7.7 <0.001
  WHR 0.19 3.2 0.002
  Sex -0.12 -2.1 0.037
End LDL cholesterol Pre-fasting LDL-C 0.93 32.7 <0.001
  Fasting -0.23 -8.5 <0.001
  WHR 0.2 3.9 <0.001
  Sex -0.12 -2.4 0.018
End HDL cholesterol Pre-fasting HDL-C 0.74 10.9 <0.001
  Sex -0.24 -3.54 <0.001
End TC/HDL cholesterol Pre TC:HDL-C 0.85 19.1 <0.001
  Sex 0.17 3.9 <0.001
End LDL/HDL cholesterol Pre LDL:HDL-C 0.88 21.0 <0.001
  Sex 0.14 3.4 <0.001
  Fasting -0.1 -2.7 0.008
End fasting BMI Pre-fasting BMI 1.0 115.9 <0.001
  Fasting -0.35 -4.06 <0.001
  1. Multiple Linear Stepwise Regression Analysis with mean end-TC, end-LDL cholesterol, end-HDL cholesterol, end-BMI and the end-ratios of TC/HDL-C and LDL-C/HDL-C as the dependent variables. Independent variables were age, mean pre-BMI, fasting, smoking, sex, educational level, WHR, pre-ratios of TC/HDL-C and LDL-C/HDL-C and the pre-values of the dependent variables. Sex, fasting and smoking are dummies (sex: 0 = females and 1 = males, fasting: 0 = control subjects and 1 = fasters, smoking: 0 = smokers and 1 = non-smokers). a. The subjects that had all six measurements were included (n = 71).