Table 2

Baseline characteristics of participants taking either rice bran fermented with Lentinus edodes (RBEP) or placebo1
RBEP (n = 40) Placebo (n = 37) P value2
Age (yrs) 32.58 ± 10.74 34.97 ± 11.90 0.356
WBC (× 109/L) 5.96 ± 1.14 5.85 ± 1.40 0.709
TSH (mIU/L) 1.85 ± 1.37 1.69 ± 0.81 0.543
Height (cm) 169.05 ± 9.13 167.94 ± 9.61 0.591
Weight (kg) 65.04 ± 11.71 67.29 ± 12.76 0.402
BMI (kg/m2) 22.74 ± 2.86 23.54 ± 2.80 0.214
Female, n (%) 17 (42.5) 14 (37.8) 0.677
Family history, n (%) 3 (7.5) 2 (5.4) 0.709
Medical history, n (%) 2 (5.0) 2 (5.4) 0.936
Married, n (%) 11 (27.5) 10 (27.0) 0.963
Employed, n (%) 17 (42.5) 16 (43.2) 0.948
Smoking, n (%) 7 (17.5) 7 (18.9) 0.872
Drinking, n (%) 31 (77.5) 28 (75.7) 0.850
Exercise, n (%) 13 (32.5) 11(29.7) 0.793
Education
≤ High school, n (%) 4 (10.0) 6 (16.2)
University, n (%) 10 (25.0) 12 (32.4) 0.459
Postgraduate school, n (%) 26 (65.0) 19 (51.4)

1Values shown are means ± standard deviation or numbers of participants (percentage distribution), as appropriate. WBC, white blood cell; TSH, thyroid-stimulating hormone; BMI, body mass index.

2P values were determined by the independent t-test, the chi-square test, or Fisher’s exact test.

Choi et al.

Choi et al. Nutrition Journal 2014 13:35   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-13-35

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