Increased blood viscosity in iron-depleted elite athletes.

  title={Increased blood viscosity in iron-depleted elite athletes.},
  author={Said Khaled and J. F. Brun and Andreas Wagner and J. M. Mercier and Jacques Bringer and Christian G. Prefaut},
  journal={Clinical hemorheology and microcirculation},
  volume={18 4},
Since iron deficiency is associated with abnormal erythrocyte rheology, we investigated relationships between plasma ferritin and blood rheology in 36 male elite sportsmen (age: 22.38+/-0.9 years). On the whole, ferritin was negatively correlated with blood viscosity (r = -0.36, p < 0.05). When 23 subjects with low ferritin levels suggesting mild iron deficiency were compared with 13 matched sportsmen with normal ferritin levels, iron-deficient sportsmen were shown to have a higher blood… CONTINUE READING

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