Table 4: Serum variables for the study population at baseline and weeks 12 and 24.

BaselineWeek 12Week 24

Mean hemoglobin, mg/dL (SD)14.5 (1.0)14.2 (0.9)14.3 (1.3)
AST, U/L (SD)34.6 (12.5)23.3 (7.7)*22.1 (4.8)**
ALT, U/L (SD)57.1 (26.2)40.0 (6.5)*38.4 (7.2)
Creatinine, mg/dL (SD)1.01 (0.2)0.8 (0.2)*0.9 (0.1)*
Fasting blood sugar, mg/dL (SD)116.2 (33.5)104.8 (18.1)108.7 (26.8)
HbA1c, % (SD)5.9 (2.5)6.1 (0.7)5.8 (0.6)
Triglyceride, mg/dL (SD)157.9 (83.2)100.2 (45.3)**93.5 (34.5)*
Total cholesterol, mg/dL (SD)193.9 (34.7)175.4 (29.6)205.4 (33.5)
HDL cholesterol, mg/dL (SD)43.5 (8.9)44.9 (7.0)49.3 (10.6)*
LDL cholesterol, mg/dL (SD)124.0 (29.4)110.1 (26.3)*136.5 (34.9)
LDL : HDL cholesterol ratio (SD)2.9 (0.8)2.4 (0.6)*2.8 (0.8)
hs-CRP, mg/dL (SD)5.9 (4.2)5.6 (5.9)5.6 (6.4)
ESR, mm/hr (SD)20.9 (10.6)19.0 (8.8)16.3 (9.7)

compared with baseline.
compared with baseline.