Controls Patients p
Age (years) 58.4 60.3 ns
BMI (kg/m2) 26.8 + 4.4 33  + 7 6 P<0 .0001
Waist/hip ratio 0.78 (067 – 094) 0.88 (0.74 – 1.57) P<0.0001
Systolic blood pressure (mmHg) 136.4 +19.2 148.4 + 21.2 P< 0.01
Diastolic blood pressure (mm Hg) 84.7 + 11.2 86.7 +11.8 ns
HRT use% 50 35 ns
Age at menarche (years) 12.6 + 1.6 12.8 + 1.9 ns
Age at menopause (years) 46.9+ 6 47.7 + 5.9 ns
Duration of menopause (years) 11.5 + 6.7 11.7 + 5.5 ns
Physical activity (miles walked per week)  3 (0 – 35)* 1 (0 – 35)* ns
Smoking (mean pack years) 0 (0 – 35)* 8 (0 – 170)* P<0.05
* Values reported as median and range due to skewed distribution of analyte.
Statistical significance was assessed by unpaired Wilcoxon test
Table 1: Characteristics of the study populations.