Table 3

Risk profiles and lifestyle-related risk factors at baseline

Age ≥65 years (n=245)Age <65 years (n=579)P value
Risk profiles
 BMI, mean (SD), kg/m2 29.9±4.629.6±4.40.35
 Overweight (BMI ≥25 kg/m2)16 (88.2)500 (86.4)0.57
 Overweight (BMI ≥27 kg/m2)182 (74.3)427 (73.7)0.93
 Quit smoking <6 months (baseline)35 (14.3)183 (31.6)<0.001
 Physically inactive158 (64.5)364 (62.9)0.69
 Systolic blood pressure >140 mm Hg124 (50.6)171 (29.5)<0.001
 LDL cholesterol >1.8 mmol/L155 (63.3)408 (70.5)0.02
 Waist circumference, cm108.5±12.1*106.0±11.9*0.01
 6MWD, m433±103506±107<0.001
 History of hypertension128 (52.5)198 (34.2)*<0.001
 History of diabetes mellitus59 (24.1)69 (11.9)<0.001
 History of dyslipidaemia69 (28.2)115 (19.9)0.01
Eligibility for lifestyle programmes, n (%)
 Eligible WeightWatchers182 (74.3)427 (73.7)0.93
 Eligible Luchtsignaal71 (29.0)334 (57.7)<0.001
 Eligible DirectLife158 (64.5)364 (62.9)0.69
  • Values are mean±SD or n (%).

  • *Difference between intervention and control group after randomisation, p<0.05.

  • BMI, body mass index; LDL, low-density lipoprotein; 6MWD, 6 min walking distance.