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Table 1 Characteristics of MASALA study participants, 2010-2013a

From: The association of religious affiliation with cholesterol levels among South Asians: the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America study

Characteristic n % or mean (SD)
Age (years) 889 55.3 (9.4)
Gender (%)
 Male 471 53.0
Cholesterol Medication Use (%)
 Yes 259 29.1
Religious affiliation (%)
 Hinduism/Jainism 654 73.6
 Sikhism 68 7.7
 Islam 62 7.0
 Other 49 5.5
 None 56 6.3
Smoking status (%)
 Never 740 83.2
 Former 121 13.6
 Current 28 3.2
Alcohol Intake (drinks/week) (%)
0 596 67.0
1–7 253 28.5
 7+ 40 4.5
Physical Activity (MET-min/week) (%)
 0–499 288 32.4
 500–999 177 19.9
 1000–1999 221 24.9
 2000+ 203 22.8
Dietary Pattern (%)
 Western 297 33.3
 Sweet/Refined Grains 304 34.2
 Fruits & Vegetables 288 32.4
LDL (mg/dL) 882 111.5 (32.0)
HDL (mg/dL) 889 50.1 (13.3)
Triglycerides (mg/dL) 889 131.4 (71.5)
  1. a Totals may not sum to 100% due to rounding error