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Table 2 Symptom prevalence data.

From: Age-specific symptom prevalence in women 35–64 years old: A population-based study

  Age groups p across age *)
  35–39 40–44 45–49 50–54 55–59 60–64  
n 426 514 602 541 418 490  
Increasing prevalence        
   Insomnia 28.1 30.0 32.0 34.1 36.2 38.4 <0.005
   Leg pain 27.0 28.8 30.7 32.7 34.7 36.7 <0.005
   Joint pain 27.0 28.5 30.1 31.7 33.3 35.0  
   Eye problems 16.2 20.7 24.3 26.2 26.3 24.6 <0.005
   Impaired hearing 9.4 10.9 12.6 14.6 16.8 19.3 <0.0001
Stable prevalence        
   Difficulty relaxing 37.1 40.0 41.3 41.0 39.1 35.8  
   Restlessness 35.3 34.4 33.5 32.5 31.6 30.7  
   Overweight 32.5 32.8 33.2 33.5 33.8 34.1  
   Coughing 23.7 23.7 23.8 23.9 24.0 24.0  
   Breathlessness 16.6 17.1 17.5 18.0 18.5 18.9  
   Diarrhoea 16.1 13.3 11.7 11.2 11.5 12.7  
   Chest pain 12.2 12.3 12.5 12.6 12.8 13.0  
   Constipation 12.2 12.1 11.9 11.8 11.6 11.5  
   Nervousness 10.7 11.0 11.3 11.7 12.0 12.4  
   Poor appetite 5.4 3.7 2.9 2.7 2.8 3.4  
   Weight loss 2.6 2.5 2.3 2.2 2.0 1.9  
   Difficulty urinating 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2 2.2  
Biphasic prevalence        
   Impaired concentration 28.1 31.3 32.2 30.7 27.0 21.6 <0.001
   Sweating 14.1 25.0 34.1 38.1 35.9 28.2 <0.0001
Decreasing prevalence        
   General fatigue 83.4 78.2 71.8 64.4 56.3 47.8 <0.0001
   Headache 74.2 67.3 59.7 51.5 43.3 35.4 <0.0001
   Irritability 66.1 59.1 51.8 44.4 37.2 30.5 <0.0001
   Melancholy 60.1 58.3 56.4 54.6 52.7 50.8 <0.01
   Backache 55.2 52.1 48.9 45.8 42.7 39.6 <0.0001
   Exhaustion 45.4 45.6 43.2 38.1 30.9 22.5 <0.001
   Feeling cold 40.7 36.0 31.6 27.5 23.7 20.3 <0.0001
   Crying easily 38.6 35.5 32.4 29.5 26.8 24.3 <0.0001
   Abdominal pain 32.2 28.7 25.4 22.3 19.6 17.1 <0.0001
   Dizziness 27.3 24.9 22.6 20.6 18.6 16.8 <0.0005
   Nausea 17.9 15.7 13.6 11.8 10.2 8.8 <0.0001
  1. Symptom prevalence by age after adjustment for the influence of educational level, self-rated health and mood, body mass index, smoking habits, use of hormone replacement therapy, and use of other symptom relieving therapy.
  2. *)p-values refer to prevalence trends across age.