Table 3

Mean biochemical and haematological factors (adjusted for chronological age) according to quarters of estimated age residuals in both men and women. Men who looked oldest (quarter 3–4) had a higher average haemoglobin and cholesterol, and women had a higher average ESR

Men: quarter of estimated age residualsp Value (for linear trend)Women: quarter of estimated age residualsp Value (for linear trend)
1 (low)234 (high)1 (low)234 (high)
Blood haemoglobin (g/l)1471481501510.005135133135135>0.5
Serum cholesterol (mmol/l)5.905.896.086.100.035.916.075.926.120.21
Blood ESR (mm/hour)3.202.752.983.260.314.424.106.226.720.007
Serum
 Creatinine (μmol/l)97.396.596.594.30.1678.780.676.976.80.15
 Urate (μmol/l)358353361360>0.52492712612730.10
 HDL cholesterol (mmol/l)1.131.121.171.100.381.441.481.411.41>0.5
 Bilirubin (μmol/l)10.110.39.610.20.489.48.69.47.10.012
 Glucose (mmol/l)5.385.385.525.34>0.55.524.975.254.95>0.5
 Albumin (g/l)44.844.545.044.4>0.544.043.743.443.40.39
 Calcium (mmol/l)2.412.412.412.420.492.392.382.372.38>0.5
  • ESR = erythrocyte sedimentation rate; HDL = high density lipoprotein.