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High Iron Levels Linked to Obesity

Brian Turner

Posted on April 10 2018

High blood iron, as measured by ferritin, is a marker of poor metabolic health and is associated with an increased risk of heart attack. An Italian study found that high iron levels reflect total body inflammation. Researchers found a relationship between body mass index (weight in proportion to height) and blood iron levels. Blood iron levels decreased during weight loss caused by low-calorie dieting. Blood iron levels were also linked to high blood triglycerides and abnormal liver function. (Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, published online)