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Table 1 The characteristics of the participants in the study

From: Intake of non-nutritive sweeteners is associated with an unhealthy lifestyle: a cross-sectional study in subjects with morbid obesity

Participants’ characteristics (if less than 100, the number is given in brackets) Mean
Median
Number
SD
Range
Proportion (%)
Gender (female/male) 83 / 17 83% / 17%
Age (years) 44.3 8.5
Body weight (kg) 121.8 16.2
BMI (kg/m2) 41.9 3.5
Living with someone (99) 84 85%
Working (no / part time / full-time) (98) 23 / 32 / 43 23%/33%/44%
Smoking (never/previously/daily) 43 /44 / 13 43%/44%/13%
Total physical activity (score 0-8) 4.6 2.2
Heavy physical activity (hrs. Per week: no / <1 / 1-2 / >2) 28/29/32/11 28%/29%/32%/11%
State of health (98) (Poor/Not quite good/ Good/ Very good) 10/54/30/4 10%/55%/31%/4%
Fibromyalgia 19 19%
Muscle-skeletal pain score (range 0-12) 4.0 0 – 12
Hypertension (96) 57 59%
Diabetes 20 20%
HSCL10 > 1.85 (mental distress) 27 27%
WHO-5 (low mood) (cut-off <50) 30 30%
Fatigue (cut-of >36) (99) 48 48%
Irritable bowel syndrome (97) 27 28%
Functional bloating (96) 14 15%
Functional diarrhea (97) 2 2%
GSRS-diarrhea (score 1 - 7) (80) 1.5 1.0 – 4.8
GSRS-bloating (score 1 - 7) (80) 2.3 1.0 – 6.0
Blood tests
 Haemoglobin (F: 11-15; M: 13-17 g/dl) (98) 14.4 1.1
 Serum iron (9-34 μmol/L (98) 15.0 5.5
 Transferrin saturation (0.10-0.57) (97) 0.23 0.09
 Ferritin (10-380 μg/dL) (98) 96 7 - 584
 CRP (<5 mg/L) (98) 5 0 - 28
 s-Glucose (4.2-6.3 mmol/L) (98) 5.7 4.0 – 23.2
 HbA1C (4.3-5.6%) (98) 5.4 4.6 – 11.5
 C-peptide (0.3-2.4 nmol/L) (98) 1.47 0.53 – 4.31
 Cholesterol (3-7 mmol/L) (98) 5.0 1.0
 HDL (F: 1.0-2.7; M: 0.8-2.1 mmol/L) (98) 1.2 0.3
 LDL (1-5 mmol/L) (98) 3.3 0.9
 Vitamin A (1.2-3.4 μmol/L) (91) 2.0 0.4
 Vitamin B1 (122-223 nmol/l) (97) 158 27
 Vitamin B6 (27-273 nmol/l) (96) 23 6 - 209
 Vitamin B12 (141-700 pmol/L) (98) 338 173 - 1401
 Vitamin D (45-161 nmol/L) (98) 58 23
 Folic acid (9-36 nmol/l) 17 7 – 46
  1. HSCL10 Hopkins Symptom Checklist 10, WHO-5 WHO-5 Well-Being Index, GSRS Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale, HDL High Density Lipoprotein, LDL Low Density Lipoprotein