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Table 2 Age-adjusted prevalence of baseline characteristics in women (n = 3421)

From: Living alone is a risk factor for mortality in men but not women from the general population: a prospective cohort study

Characteristics Not living alone Living alone  
Women Prevalence* 95% C.I. Prevalence* 95% C.I. P-value
Sociodemography        
Living in urban area 42.5 40.7 44.4 54.8 50.7 58.8 <0.0001
Education >= 12 years 10.7 9.6 12.0 16.1 13.2 19.6 0.0007
Children 87.7 86.4 88.9 70.3 66.3 74.0 <0.0001
Friends/relatives > 10 30.5 28.8 32.2 25.8 22.4 29.6 0.03
Risk factors/comorbidities        
Hypertension 48.6 46.7 50.6 42.6 38.4 46.8 0.01
HDL/total Cholesterol >= 5 25.7 24.1 27.4 23.9 20.6 27.4 0.34
Prevalent myocardial infarction 0.9 0.6 1.4 1.1 0.5 2.1 0.65
Prevalent diabetes 4.7 3.9 5.5 4.7 3.4 6.5 0.90
Body mass index < 25 28.8 27.1 30.6 35.2 31.2 39.4 0.005
25 <= body mass index < 30 42.5 40.7 44.4 41.1 37.1 45.2 0.54
Body mass index >= 30 27.6 26 29.4 23.3 20.1 26.9 0.03
Angina pectoris 4.5 3.8 5.3 4.9 3.4 6.9 0.67
Unfavourable self rated health 32.8 31.1 34.6 34 30.3 38.0 0.58
Health behaviours        
Physician visit (last 12 months) 89.9 88.7 91.0 93.3 90.9 95.1 0.02
Cancer screening (last 12 months) 44.4 42.5 46.3 44.5 40.3 48.8 0.97
Dentist visit (last 12 months) 67.6 65.8 69.3 67.5 63.5 71.2 0.96
Physically active 30.5 28.8 32.3 33.9 30.1 38.0 0.12
Current smoker 11.1 9.9 12.3 21.8 18.3 25.7 <0.0001
Alcohol >= 20 g/d 16.4 15 17.8 17.7 14.7 21.1 0.47