Table 1

Descriptive statistics of Flemish Gut Flora Project individuals grouped by Blastocystis carrier status and subtype

CarriersST1ST2ST3ST4Others
(n=430)(n=23)(n=26)(n=52)(n=67)(n=18)
Gender (F/M)237/19313/1016/1025/2741/2614/4
Age (mean, SD)49.5, 14.550.3, 15.651.4, 11.353.6, 13.457.5, 10.654.7, 7.8
BMI (mean, SD)24.7, 4.524.7, 5.022.9, 2.524.4, 3.524.0, 3.225.7, 4.3
BSS (mean, SD)3.97, 1.193.43, 1.124.00, 1.173.83, 1.234.07, 1.05
IBS (yes/no)101/3293/207/1912/4014/531/17
  • ↵Parameters reported include: gender, age, BMI, stool consistency measured on the BSS and IBS diagnosis reported by participants’ general practitioner.

  • BMI, body mass index; BSS, Bristol stool scale; F, female; M, male.