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Table 4 Biochemical values of clinical and nutritional parameters at three time points

From: Effect of folic acid supplementation on homocysteine concentration and association with training in handball players

N = 14 Study period
Biochemical parameters Reference value Week 0 Week 8 Week 16
   Mean SD Mean SD Mean SD
Transferrin (mg/dl) 200 – 360 261.21 27.82 261.71 33.00 265.50 28.67
Prealbumin (mg/dl) 20 – 40 26.76 3.53 27.19 3.12 26.76 2.77
HDL (mg/dl) 40 – 60 58.29 13.58 57.29 12.28 61.00a,b 13.31
LDL (mg/dl) 70 – 150 74.00 22.89 71.35 20.84 83.07 a,b 22.58
Total cholesterol (mg/dl) 110 – 200 147.86 26.74 149.71 27.68 154.57a 26.80
Folic acid (ng/ml) 4.2 – 19.9 8.14 1.17 7.73 2.57 7.62 2.36
Homocysteine (μmol/l) 5 – 12 11.64 2.65 13.92a 2.39 13.14a 1.96
  1. HDL, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol; LDL, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
  2. a Statistically significant differences (P < 0.05) Week 0 vs. Week 8 and Week 16.
  3. b Statistically significant differences (P < 0.05) Week 8 vs. Week 16.