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Table 1 Baseline characteristics

From: Preserved skeletal muscle protein anabolic response to acute exercise and protein intake in well-treated rheumatoid arthritis patients

  CON (n = 13) RA (n = 13)  
A. Subject characteristics Mean SD Mean SD t test
Age (years) 57 15 56 14 0.15
Height (cm) 169 5 167 4 0.32
Body mass index (BMI) (kg/m2) 25 5 25 4 0.85
Blood pressure (mmHg) 134/81 18/8 134/80 19/10 0.94
Waist/hip ratio 0.88 0.08 0.92 0.06 0.07
Resting heart rate (HR) (bpm) 70 12 65 10 0.11
B. Body composition Mean SEM   Mean SEM   t test
Region % fat (fat %) 31.0 2.9 31.3 3.0 0.90
Lean body mass (LBM, kg) 45,2 2.1 44.5 1.3 0.65
Appendicular lean soft tissue (ALST, kg) 19,5 1.1 19.0 0.6 0.60
Skeletal muscle index (SMI, kg/m2) 6,8 0.3 6.8 0.2 0.54
Fat-free mass/height2 (FFM/H2) (kg/m2) 15.8 0.6 16.0 0.4 0.34
C. Strength and exercise Mean SEM n Mean SEM n t test
1 repetition maximum (RM) exercised leg (kg) 38.4 3.0 13 37.6 2.5 13 0.73
Total kgs lifted 252 23 13 262 16 13 0.62
1 RM right leg (kg) 38.8 3.0 13 40.9 2.4 13 0.57
Maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) right leg (Nm) 176.1 10.2 11 179.9 16.6 8 0.71
Physical activity        
Physical Activity Scale (metabolic equivalent of tasks (METs)/24 hrs) 44.4 1.7 13 39.5 1.2 13 0.026
  1. CON control subjects, RA rheumatoid arthritis patients