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Table 1 Physical cCharacteristicsa of the study sample

From: Musculoskeletal fitness and balance in older individuals (65–85 years) and its association with steps per day: a cross sectional study

Variable Women Men p-value
N 85 76  
aAge (yr) 73.2 (5.4) 72.3 (4.8) 0.2
aHeight (cm) 161.6 (6.0) 175.9 (6.6) ≤0.001
aBody mass (kg) 67.0 (10.1) 81.4 (12.2) ≤0.001
aBMI (kg/m2) 25.7 (3.9) 26.4 (3.0) 0.2
Chronic diseases (%)    
CVDb 9.8 16.2 0.2
High BPc 30.9 25.3 0.4
Poor mental health 5.9 2.6 0.3
Diabetes type II 4.7 6.5 0.6
Osteoporosis 10.6 2.6 0.04
Rheumatism 24.7 15.5 0.2
COPDd 2.4 2.6 0.9
Medicatione 33.8 41.3 0.3
Self-reported health (%)    
Very good 20.0 21.1  
Good 60.0 63.2  
Either good or bad 16.5 14.5  
Poor/very poor 3.5 1.3  
Education level (%)    
<High school 25.3 26  
High school 43.3 35  
University <4 yr 16.9 23.4  
University ≥4 yr 14.5 15.5  
  1. No significant differences were found in self-reported health and education level between women and men
  2. aData are presented as mean (SD)
  3. bCardiovascular diseases
  4. cBlood preassure
  5. dChronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  6. eHigh BP and CVD
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