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Iron Storage Markers Not Associated With Mortality Risk

February 16, 2011: 08:49 AM EST
A sample of the general American adult population reveals that elevated levels of iron biomarkers are not linked to mortality risk among people who were not taking iron supplements and without a history of cancer or cardiovascular illness. The study covered 12,258 adults who took part in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). Hazard ratios for all-cause mortality comparing the fourth and second quartiles of ferritin and transferrin saturation levels proved there are no links between iron biomarkers and mortality.
A. Menke, P. Muntner, J.M. Fernandez-Real, E. Guallar , "The association of biomarkers of iron status with mortality in US adults", Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases, February 16, 2011, © Elsevier B.V.
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