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Table 1 Characteristics of participants, cross-sectional study of HS use and HS-related adverse events, Dubai, 2015 (n = 1203)

From: Prevalence of, and factors associated with health supplement use in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: a population-based cross-sectional study

Variables n/Mean %/SD
Mean Age (years) 39.2 ±9.1
Gender
 Male 1002 83.3
 Female 201 16.7
Marital Status
 Married 1039 86.4
 Single 150 12.5
 Divorced 9 0.7
 Widow 5 0.4
Nationality
 Emirati 142 11.8
 Middle East/North Africa 301 25.0
 South Asia 579 48.1
 Western Europe/North America/Australia 94 7.8
 Other countries 87 7.3
Occupation
 Employed 1123 93.3
 Unemployed 60 5.0
 Student 9 0.7
 Retired 11 0.9
Income, AED (~USD)a
 AED < 5000 (~USD < 1300) 164 13.6
 AED 5000- < 10000 (~USD 1300- < 2700) 499 41.5
 AED 10000–20000 (~USD 2700–5450) 319 26.5
 AED > 20000 (~USD > 5450) 221 18.4
Education
 < High school 76 6.3
 High school 139 11.5
 Diploma 68 5.7
 Higher Diploma 46 3.8
 Bachelor 586 48.7
 Master 269 22.4
 PhD 19 1.6
Health insurance coverage 1028 85.5
Height (cm) 171.3 ±8.9
Body mass (kg) 78.7 ±15.3
Mean (± SD) Body Mass Index (kg/m2) 26.8 ±4.4
Body Mass Index category
 Normal (< 25 kg/m2) 431 35.8
 Overweight (25–29.9 kg/m2) 546 45.4
 Obese (≥30 kg/m2) 226 18.8
Smoking status
 Non-smoker 862 71.7
 Past smoker 50 4.2
 Current occasional 108 8.9
 Current regular 183 15.2
Any allergy 115 9.6
Drug allergy 21 1.7
 Aerosol & perfume allergy 23 1.9
 Contact allergy 7 0.6
 Dust allergy 22 1.8
 Others 26 2.2
Diseasesb
 Diabetes Mellitus 69 5.7
 High cholesterol levels 31 2.6
 Cardiovascular disease 5 0.4
 Cancer 1 0.1
  1. Note. aBased on USD 1.00 ≈ AED 3.67. bRespondents could choose more than one answer