Table 2 Relation of telomere length with demographic characteristics and cardiovascular risk factors
VariableβStandard errorp Value
CAD−0.120.0390.002
Age−0.00030.0020.869
Gender0.030.0500.588
Body mass index−0.0020.0040.735
Total cholesterol0.090.160.584
HDL-cholesterol0.010.150.966
LDL-cholesterol−0.050.160.746
Triglycerides−0.010.080.895
Diabetes0.040.040.343
Hypertension0.020.040.545
Current/ex-smoker0.050.050.270
Family history−0.060.040.094
Vegetarian diet0.060.040.088
  • For the categorical variables the β coefficient equates to the difference between the group with the variable and the group without. A negative value indicates shorter telomeres in the group with the variable. For continuous variables, the β coefficient equates to the difference in telomere length per unit change in the variable (as defined in table 1).

  • CAD, coronary artery disease; HDL, high-density lipoprotein; LDL, low-density lipoprotein.