Table 1

Descriptive characteristics of the analytical sample, stratified by sex and cohort

No of individualsMenWomen
1985199219851992
1237111112931183
Age group
 25–34
 35–44
 45–54
 55–64
24.4% (302)
23.4% (289)
27.2% (336)
25.1% (310)
21.8% (242)
31.3% (348)
27.1% (301)
19.8% (220)
24.7% (319)
26.1% (337)
25.7% (332)
23.6% (305)
21.6% (256)
29.5% (349)
25.9% (306)
23.0% (272)
Marital status
 Married
 Single/widowed/divorced
86.3% (1,068)
13.7% (169)
83.7% (930)
16.3% (181)
81.9% (1,059)
18.1% (234)
80.5% (952)
19.5% (231)
Education
 Primary
 Secondary
 University
63.3% (783)
28.1% (347)
8.7% (107)
61.8% (686)
26.8% (298)
11.4% (127)
68.1% (880)
27.2% (351)
4.8% (62)
58.7% (694)
35.5% (420)
5.8% (69)
Years of schooling
 (Median)12111111
High blood pressure25.9% (320)25.7% (286)33.3% (430)26.6% (315)
Ever smoking44.8% (554)39.5% (439)23.8% (308)23.3% (275)
BMI mean (SD)27.04 (3.92)27.09 (3.83)27.31 (5.37)26.87 (5.36)
Cholesterol mean (SD)6.21 (1.28)5.98 (1.28)6.17 (1.24)5.95 (1.28)
Height mean (SD)1.74 (0.07)1.75 (0.07)1.61 (0.06)1.62 (0.06)
HDL mean (SD)1.35 (0.36)1.32 (0.36)1.57 (0.36)1.52 (0.38)
Deaths during follow-up15.0% (185)16.5% (183)8.2% (106)8.3% (98)
  • BMI, body mass index; HDL, high-density lipoproteins.