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Table 2 Characteristics of participants in the UK Biobank by quartiles of weighted genetic score for height

From: Adult height and risk of 50 diseases: a combined epidemiological and genetic analysis

Characteristic Weighted genetic score for heighta
Quartile 1 Quartile 2 Quartile 3 Quartile 4
N 90,170 107,870 109,390 110,004
Height (cm)—female 159.2 (5.7) 161.6 (5.6) 163.3 (5.7) 165.8 (6.0)
Height (cm)—male 172.1 (6.2) 174.7 (6.2) 176.6 (6.2) 179.3 (6.5)
Age 56.7 (8.0) 56.8 (8.0) 56.8 (8.0) 56.9 (7.9)
Sex—female 53.9% 54.0% 53.8% 54.2%
Body mass index (BMI) 27.6 (4.9) 27.5 (4.8) 27.3 (4.7) 27.2 (4.7)
Obese (BMI ≥ 30) 25.5% 24.5% 23.8% 23.1%
Waist-hip-ratio (WHR) 0.87 (0.09) 0.87 (0.09) 0.87 (0.09) 0.87 (0.09)
Townsend deprivation indexb 19.5% 18.2% 17.8% 17.4%
Ever smoker 46.2% 46.2% 45.8% 45.9%
Vigorous activityc 59.4% 59.7% 60.1% 59.4%
Systolic BP (mmHg) 141.7 (20.9) 141.4 (20.7) 141.0 (20.6) 140.6 (20.5)
Diastolic BP (mmHg) 84.6 (11.3) 84.4 (11.3) 84.2 (11.2) 84.1 (11.3)
Female only
 Nulliparous 18.7% 18.4% 18.7% 19.5%
 Ever contraceptive pill 81.9% 82.0% 82.2% 82.0%
 Ever on hormone replacement therapy 38.8% 39.2% 39.4% 39.8%
  1. Data expressed as mean (SD) for continuous variables or as percentages for categorical variables; missing data—BMI (n = 464), WHR (n = 162), systolic BP (n = 348), diastolic BP (n = 346), Townsend deprivation index (n = 489), smoking status (n = 1481), physical activity (n = 547), nulliparous (n = 143), oral contraceptive (n = 34) and hormone replacement therapy (n = 87)
  2. BP blood pressure
  3. aQuartile 1 of the genetic score carrying the least number and quartile 4 the most number of height-increasing alleles
  4. bTownsend deprivation index—highest quantile
  5. cVigorous activity—at least once a week for 10+ min