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Table 2 Population distribution in per cent (%) by perceived health and health status measures. Values are means unless otherwise indicated. Poor perceived health (N = 218), good (N = 250).

From: The relations between symptoms, somatic and psychiatric conditions, life satisfaction and perceived health. A primary care based study

   Perceived health
Variables   Number Poor (scores 1–4) Good (scores 5–7) P-value
Body Mass Index (BMI)*    28.3 27.3 <0.05
Smoking Yes 133 57.1 42.9 <0.005
  No 335 42.3 57.7  
Blood pressure      
   Systolic BP    134.4 135.4 NS
   Diastolic BP    80.5 80.0 NS
Heart rate/minute    70.7 68.8 NS
Blood glucose    5.99 5.78 NS
Serum triglycyrids    1.54 1.50 NS
Serum cholesterol    5.46 5.28 NS
Spirometry      
   Vital capacity (VC)    96.5 93.8 NS
   Forced expiratory volume (FEV1)    92.6 93.9 NS
   Forced vital capacity (FVC)    91.8 91.3 NS
   PEF    89.3 91.8 NS
Electrocardiography**      NS
   Normal   72 52.8 46.2  
   Not sure pathological   49 36.7 63.3  
   Suspect pathologic   226 43.8 56.2  
   Pathological   111 52.3 47.8  
  1. * BMI = Weigh/length (m2)
  2. **Per cent