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Table 1 Demographic and lifestyle characteristics of elderly men (N = 467), aged 64–85 years, participating in the Zutphen Elderly Study in 1985 and 1990

From: Stability of dietary patterns assessed with reduced rank regression; the Zutphen Elderly Study

Characteristics 1985 1990
BMI (kg/m2)* 25.7 ± 3.0 25.5 ± 3.2
Systolic blood pressure (mmHg)* 150.0 ± 20.2 149.4 ± 21.4
Diastolic blood pressure (mmHg)* 85.5 ± 11.1 81.7 ± 11.8
Total-cholesterol (mmol/l)* 6.13 ± 1.07 6.07 ± 1.13
HDL-cholesterol (mmol/l)* 1.11 ± 0.26 1.14 ± 0.29
Uric acid (mmol/l)* 0.36 ± 0.07 0.35 ± 0.08
Energy (kJ/day) 9430 ± 2052 8586 ± 1962
Prevalence of chronic disease (%) +   
Myocardial infarction 11 15
Stroke 2 6
Diabetes 5 10
Cancer 5 12
  1. *Expressed as mean and standard deviation.
  2. +The categorical variable chronic diseases (yes/no) had no missing values.