Table 1—

Demographic and clinical characteristics of the study sample assessed at baseline

ControlIntervention
n9,65310,973
Sex
 Male4,640 (48.1)5,087 (46.3)
 Female5,013 (51.9)5,886 (52.7)
Age (years)
 31–45318 (3.3)421 (3.8)
 45–643,061 (31.7)3,475 (31.7)
 >646,274 (65.0)7,077 (64.5)
Concurrent diseases
 CVD4,533 (47.0)5,261 (47.9)
 Hypertension6,349 (65.8)7,207 (65.7)
Smoking status
 Yes2,026 (21.0)2,130 (19.4)
 No4,713 (48.8)6,000 (54.7)
 Ex-smoker2,914 (30.2)2,843 (25.9)
Total cholesterol (>5.2 mol/dl)6,372 (66.0)7,009 (63.9)
High-risk diabetic patients7,313 (75.8)8,030 (73.2)
  • Data are n (%).