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Table 1 Characteristics of participants with and without MetS and who climb or do not climb stairs every day

From: Daily stair climbing is associated with decreased risk for the metabolic syndrome

Variable No MetS
(N = 402)
MetS
(N = 380)
p Daily Stairs
Stairs
(N = 676)
Not Daily
(N = 106)
p
Mean (SD) / N (%)   Mean (SD) / N (%)
Sex (Male) 167 (42) 192 (51) .01 315 (47) 44 (42) .33
Age (years) 58.4 (0.96) 58.3 (0.94) .40 58.3 (0.94) 58.4 (1.03) .60
Marital Status
 Married 303 (76) 294 (78) .92 527 (78) 70 (66) .09
 Divorced 45 (11) 38 (10)   66 (10) 17 (16)  
 Widowed 21 (5) 18 (5)   32 (5) 7 (7)  
 Never married 32 (8) 29 (8)   49 (7) 12 (11)  
Socio-economic status 50.2 (14.14) 49.2 (14.23) .33 50.0 (14.35) 48.2 (13.02) .22
Smoking
 Smoker 98 (24) 94 (25) .03 156 (23) 36 (34) .04
 Ex-smoker 144 (36) 166 (44)   270 (40) 40 (39)  
 Never smoker 160 (40) 119 (31)   249 (37) 30 (27)  
Self-reported health (reverse-scored) 2.8 (0.85) 3.1 (0.88) <.001 2.9 (0.86) 3.2 (0.95) .02
Sports participation (Yes) 253 (63) 184 (48) <.001 380 (56) 57 (54) .63
Famine exposure in 1st trimester (Yes) 36 (9) 38 (10) .62 62 (9) 12 (11) .48
MetS (Yes) 315 (47) 65 (61) <.01
MetS (N of components) 1.4 (0.71) 3.5 (0.66) <.001 2.4 (1.27) 2.8 (1.17) <.01
Daily stair climbing (Yes) 361 (90) 315 (83) <.01