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Table 2 Demographics and biochemical characteristics of studied subjects

From: Increased IL-4 mRNA expression and poly-aromatic hydrocarbon concentrations from children with asthma

  Non-asthmatic Asthmatic p
N 85 85  
Age 13.2 ± 2.2 13.7 ± 2.3 0.16
BMI (kg/m2) 21.2 ± 5.5 21.3 ± 5.9 0.91
Waist (cm) 66.7 ± 15.1 68.2 ± 16.2 0.54
Hips (cm) 82.8 ± 20.0 83.4 ± 19.6 0.84
SAD (cm) 17.6 ± 7.5 17.7 ± 8.0 0.93
Systolic BP (mmHg) 104.3 ± 9.8 105.8 ± 10.1 0.34
Diastolic BP (mmHg) 68.1 ± 7.8 69.1 ± 8.4 0.43
Cholesterol (mmol/l) 4.3 ± 0.88 4.2 ± 0.79 0.45
Triglyceride (mmol/l) 1.1 ± 0.66 1.0 ± 0.41 0.25
LDL cholesterol (mmol/l) 2.8 ± 0.80 2.7 ± 0.67 0.40
HDL cholesterol (mmol/l) 1.05 ± 0.34 0.88 ± 0.31 0.001
Fasting blood glucose (mmol/l) 5.2 ± 1.6 5.3 ± 1.7 0.70
Σ POP (ng/ml)* 21.8 (5.9, 309.3) 99.6 (64.4, 237.6) <0.001
  1. Note: Data represented by Mean ± standard deviation.*-Data represented by Median (Inter-quartile range). Independent sample t-test was performed for comparing asthmatic and healthy control. Σ POP represents summation of PAH measured (i.e. Naphthalene, Anthracene, Fluorene, Phenanthrene, 4H cyclobenta[def]phenanthrene, Pyrene, Flouranthene, 1,2-benzanthracene, Chrysene ,Benzo(e)pyrene, Benzoacephenanthrylene and Benzo(a)pyrene). P-value significant at p < 0.05.