Table 1

 Baseline characteristics of the study population by region

CharacteristicNorth(n = 1951*)South(n = 1538*)p Value
*Total number at baseline. †Proportion of subjects rating their health/physical activity as good as or better than others of same age. Figures are means (SD) or % (number of respondents).
Age at baseline, years (SD)74.4 (4.1)73.6 (3.4)<0.001
Years of education, years (SD)8.2 (4.1)6.7 (4.1)<0.001
Women, % (n)23.7(463)38.1 (586)<0.001
Relative health†, %(n)90.8 (727)88.7 (996)0.151
Relative activity†,%(n)80.9 (1579)79.8 (1228)0.439
Living alone, %(n)23.8 (454)21.3 (326)0.078
Married/living with partner, %(n)65.8 (1283)63.1 (971)0.109