Table 1 Demographic characteristics and TL parameters for the entire cohort and by sex.

From: Telomeres shorten at equivalent rates in somatic tissues of adults

  All Men Women
Number 87 26 61
Age (years) 44±14 (19–77) 46±18 (19–77) 44±11 (20–68)
Sex (%) 100 30 70
Blacks (%) 40 27 46
Whites (%) 21 35 16
Hispanics (%) 38 38 38
BSA (m2) 2.02±0.31 (1.58–3.30) 2.09±0.36 (1.58–3.30) 1.99±0.29 (1.59–2.75)
BMI (kg m−2) 33±9 (18–63) 31±9 (18–62) 34±9 (23–63)
Leukocyte TL (kb) 7.02±0.86 (4.52–10.25) 6.77±1.16 (4.52–10.25) 7.13±0.67 (5.89–9.13)*
Muscle TL (kb) 8.55±0.94 (5.86–11.53) 8.15±1.13 (5.86–10.35) 8.72±0.79 (7.33–11.53)*
Skin TL (kb) 7.29±0.90 (5.03–10.44) 7.16±1.12 (5.03–10.07) 7.35±0.79 (5.63–10.44)
Fat TL (kb) 8.18±0.93 (5.17–10.68) 8.10±1.20 (5.17–10.68) 8.21±0.80 (6.48–10.68)
  1. BMI, body mass index; BSA, body surface area; TL, telomere length; Whites, non-Hispanic Whites.
  2. *P<0.05 women versus men.
  3. Values are mean±s.d. (min—max) or %.
  4. Wilcoxon rank-sum test for difference in medians or χ2.