Table 3

 Distribution of selected characteristics (means or percentage) in the low risk population according to education

Risk factorEducationp Value
<primary schoolSome high schoolHigh school graduate
*Not adjusted for age.
Former smokers (%)58.2053.2648.98p<0.001
HDL cholesterol (mmol/l)1.421.331.35p = 0.06
LDL cholesterol (mmol/l)3.343.313.17p = 0.06
Total cholesterol (mmol/l)5.245.174.99p = 0.02
Diastolic blood pressure (mm Hg)81.6181.0080.53p = 0.41
Systolic blood pressure (mm Hg)123.47123.62122.55p = 0.59
Self report weight at 20 (kg)68.6768.1168.37p = 0.84
Self report heaviest weight (kg)82.6082.4582.42p = 0.99
Current weight (kg)77.3378.1078.02p = 0.84
Height (cm)*171.42173.70176.09p<0.0001
Vigorous physical activity (log h/y)3.834.284.68p<0.0001
Cardiorespiratory fitness (ml 02/kg/min)33.0835.0436.56p<0.001