Appendix 4

- Egger’s test of subgroups for meta-analysis of clinical characteristics between lean (or non-obese) vs. non-lean or (obese) NAFLD patients.

SubgroupsNumber of studiesP-values
The proportion of males80.9417
The prevalence of hypertension30.9795
Systolic pressure60.2077
Diastolic pressure60.9027
Waist circumference60.0971
Fasting plasma glucose level60.8471
Uric acid level30.5153
Triglyceride level40.2522
Total cholesterol level50.8127
Low-density lipoprotein level60.5453
High-density lipoprotein level60.4959
Alanine transaminase30.0774