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Table 1 Characteristics of 1078 men without pre-existing diabetes, CVD or heart failure, % (n) or mean (SE)

From: Does duration of physical activity bouts matter for adiposity and metabolic syndrome? A cross-sectional study of older British men

  Quartile of SB (minutes/day)    
  1 2 3 4    
  (295 – <564) (≥564 – <618) (≥618 – <674) (≥674) P (trend) N N missing
N a 287a 275a 268a 248a   1078  
Age (years), mean (SE) 77.3 (0.2) 77.8 (0.3) 79.1 (0.3) 79.9 (0.3) <0.0001 1078 0
Non-manual social class, % (n) 53.9 (154) 59.5 (163) 53.2 (141) 50.0 (123) 0.18b 1071 7
Living alone, % (n) 14.6 (41) 15.1 (41) 19.9 (53) 24.4 (60) 0.01b 1064 14
Smoking, % (n) 1.8 (5) 1.1 (3) 4.6 (12) 7.0 (17) 0.001c 1062 16
Alcohol (units per week), mean (SE) 6.9 (0.5) 6.7 (0.5) 6.3 (0.5) 5.7 (0.4) 0.06 1047 31
% day spent in SB, mean (SE) 61.5 (0.4) 70.5 (0.3) 75.3 (0.3) 80.7 (0.4) <0.0001 1078 0
SB (mins/day), mean (SE)d 509 (3) 591 (1) 644 (1) 720 (2) <0.0001 1078 0
LPA (mins/day), mean (SE)d 256 (2) 209 (1) 184 (1) 153 (2) <0.0001 1078 0
MVPA (mins/day), mean (SE)d 66.8 (1.9) 42.4 (1.4) 31.6 (1.1) 22.0 (1.0) <0.0001 1078 0
BMI (kg/m2), mean (SE)d 26.3 (0.2) 26.7 (0.2) 26.9 (0.2) 27.3 (0.3) <0.0001 1068 10
WC (cm), mean (SE)d 97.0 (0.5) 98.4 (0.60) 99.8 (0.6) 100.3 (0.8) <0.0001 1072 6
FMI (kg/m2), mean (SE)d 9.8 (0.2) 10.1 (0.2) 10.5 (0.2) 10.7 (0.2) <0.0001 1009 69
Insulin (mmol/l), mean (SE)d 7.8 (0.3) 9.3 (0.4) 9.6 (0.4) 8.5 (0.3) <0.0001 1010 68
MS, % (n) 18.5 (48) 20.6 (51) 24.2 (56) 25.5 (55) 0.23 954 124
  Quartile of MVPA (minutes/day)    
  1 2 3 4    
  (0.4 – <3.1) (≥3.1 – <30.8) (≥30.8 – <53.5) (≥53.5) P (trend) N N missing
N a 226a 270a 286a 296a   1078  
Age (years), mean (SE) 8.4 (0.3) 78.6 (0.3) 78.1 (0.2) 76.6 (0.2) <0.0001 1078 0
Non-manual social class, % (n) 48 (109) 55 (148) 55 (158) 57 (166) 0.25b 1071 7
Living alone, % (n) 21 (47) 19 (52) 19 (53) 15 (43) 0.28b 1064 14
Smoking, yes % (n) 6.3 (14) 4.5 (12) 1.4 (4) 2.4 (7) 0.013c 1062 16
Alcohol (units per week), mean (SE) 5.2 (0.5) 6.1 (0.5) 6.9 (0.5) 7.2 (0.5) 0.001 1047 31
% time spent Sedentary, mean (SE) 81.3 (0.4) 75.0 (0.3) 70.1 (0.3) 62.7 (0.4) <0.0001 1078 0
SB(mins/day), mean (SE)d 672 (4) 636 (3) 605 (3) 551 (4) <0.0001 1078 0
LPA (mins/day), mean (SE)d 148 (3) 190 (3) 216 (3) 242 (3) <0.0001 1078 0
MVPA (mins/day), mean (SE)d 7.2 (0.2) 22.2 (0.3) 41.5 (0.4) 85.3 (1.6) <0.0001 1078 0
BMI (kg/m2), mean (SE)d 27.5 (0.3) 27.3 (0.2) 26.5 (0.2) 26.0 (0.2) <0.0001 1068 10
WC (cm), mean (SE)d 101.3 (0.8) 100.5 (0.6) 98.1 (0.6) 96.0 (0.5) <0.0001 1072 6
FMI, (kg/m2), mean (SE)d 10.9 (0.2) 10.7 (0.2) 10.1 (0.2) 9.6 (0.2) <0.0001 1009 69
Insulin (mmol/l), mean (SE)d 9.4 (0.5) 9.9 (0.4) 8.5 (0.3) 7.7 (0.3) <0.0001 1010 68
MS, % (n) 27.1 (52) 28.7 (68) 20.6 (52) 14.0 (38) <0.0001 954 124
  1. SB sedentary behaviour, LPA light activity, MVPA moderate and vigorous physical activity, BMI body mass index, WC waist circumference, FMI fat mass index, MS metabolic syndrome
  2. amaximum N in quartile, varies slightly with missing covariate data
  3. bPearson chi square test
  4. cFisher’s exact test
  5. dadjusted for average daily accelerometer wear time, season of wear, region of residence, age