Serum Iron Metabolism Variables in Clinically Healthy Persons
Keywords:Iron homeostasis, Serum ferritin, Serum iron, Transferrin saturation, Chronic liver disease
BACKGROUND: In healthy persons, iron acquisition, trafficking and storage are strictly regulated processes due to the lack of a physiological pathway for the excretion of excess iron from the body. The liver, the duodenum and the bone marrow are involved in the regulation of iron metabolism.
MATERIAL: Subject to the testing were 60 healthy volunteers who took part in clinical trials.
METHODS: Case histories, physical check-up and demographic data including peopleâ€™s heights and weights, laboratory studies and tests using medical equipment.
RESULTS: None of the healthy persons were reported to have shown any deviation from the reference values for the serum markers of iron metabolism tested with the exception of hepcidin.
CONCLUSION: In healthy persons, there was only a positive correlation between iron level and IBC, and feedback between hepcidin serum levels and transferrin saturation.
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