Table 1

 Characteristics of men and women at baseline according to sex specific physical activity during working hours; the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study

CharacteristicSedentary (predominantly sitting position)Sedentary (predominantly standing position)Light workloadHeavy workloadp value for correlation*
Values are number, mean (SD), or percentage.
*Test for correlation used Spearman correlation analysis. Test results can be significant due to decimals that are not shown in the table.
†Sum of percentages may deviate from 100 due to rounding.
Men
Number of subjects9240387546181860
Age (years)55.2 (4)55.4 (4)55.5 (4)55.2 (4)<0.01
Body height (cm)178.0 (6)176.6 (6)176.0 (6)175.3 (6)<0.01
Body mass index (kg/m2)26.3 (3.4)26.2 (3.4)26.5 (3.4)27.3 (3.7)<0.01
Smoking †
    Never (%)29282824
    Former (%)37323230
    Current (%)34404046<0.01
Alcohol consumption (g/day)28 (23)28 (25)28 (26)32 (29)<0.05
Systolic blood pressure (mm Hg)140 (19)141 (19±142 (19)143 (19)<0.01
Treatment for hypertension (%)9.27.78.17.7<0.01
Total serum cholesterol >6 mmol/l (%)44464547<0.05
Duration of sporting activities, hours per week1.5 (2.2)1.3 (2.1)1.4 (2.3)1.1 (2.3)<0.01
Length of education after elementary school†
    0 years (%)481320
    <3 years (%)13141715
    3–4 years (%)35464749
    >4 years (%)48332416<0.01
Women
Number of subjects860545725232398
Age (years)55.0 (4)55.6 (4)55.3 (4)55.7 (4)<0.01
Body height (cm)165.0 (6)164.3 (6)163.9 (6)163.8 (6)<0.01
Body mass index (kg/m2)25.2 (4.1)25.1 (4.0)25.4 (4.3)26.1 (4.8)<0.05
Smoking †
    Never (%)47494536
    Former (%)24232217
    Current (%)30293347<0.01
Alcohol consumption (g/day)15 (16)14 (15)13 (14)11 (13)<0.01
Systolic blood pressure (mm Hg)136 (21)136 (21)136 (21)139 (21)0.13
Treatment for hypertension (%)10.510.210.510.30.81
Total serum cholesterol >6 mmol/l (%)50525457<0.01
Duration of sporting activities, hours per week1.3 (1.8)1.3 (1.9)1.3 (1.9)1.2 (2.3)<0.05
Length of education after elementary school†
    0 years (%)9201930
    <3 years (%)33263638
    3–4 years (%)41393825
    >4 years (%)171686<0.01