Haemostatic parameters and lifestyle factors in elderly men in Italy and The Netherlands

F.C. Bijnen, E. Feskens, S. Giampaoli, A. Menotti, F. Fidanza, G. Hornstra, C.J. Caspersen, W.L. Mosterd, D. Kromhout

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Haemostatic parameters and lifestyle factors in elderly men in Italy and The Netherlands.

Bijnen FC, Feskens EJ, Giampaoli S, Menotti A, Fidanza F, Hornstra G, Caspersen CJ, Mosterd WL, Kromhout D.

Department of Medical Physiology and Sports Medicine, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

The association between plasma fibrinogen, factor VII, factor X, activated partial thromboplastin time, antithrombin III and the lifestyle factors cigarette smoking, alcohol use, fat intake and physical activity was assessed in 802 men aged 70-90 years in Zutphen (The Netherlands), Montegiorgio and Crevalcore (Italy). Smoking was positively associated with fibrinogen, also after adjustment for other lifestyle factors, age, use of anticoagulants and aspirin like drugs, body mass index, and history of myocardial infarction. Alcohol use was associated with increased levels of factor X and decreased levels of antithrombin III. Fat intake was positively associated with antithrombin III. Between cohorts, considerable differences were observed in levels of haemostatic parameters and the lifestyle factors. Compared to the mediterranean cohorts the Zutphen cohort showed the highest levels of fibrinogen and factor VII. Differences in lifestyle factors could, however, not explain differences between cohorts in levels of any of the haemostatic parameters, despite the observed associations between lifestyle factors and haemostatic parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-416
JournalThrombosis and Haemostasis
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996

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