Urinary hepcidin identifies a serum ferritin cut-off for iron supplementation in young athletes: a pilot study.

@article{Borrione2011UrinaryHI,
  title={Urinary hepcidin identifies a serum ferritin cut-off for iron supplementation in young athletes: a pilot study.},
  author={Paolo Borrione and Angela Spaccamiglio and Michelangelo Rizzo and Angela Termine and Elena Chierto and Natascia Campostrini and Federico Quaranta and Alessia Di Gianfrancesco and Fabio Pigozzi},
  journal={Journal of biological regulators and homeostatic agents},
  year={2011},
  volume={25 3},
  pages={427-34}
}
The use of iron supplements should be a judicious choice, primarily when considering the possible risks deriving from an unjustified treatment. In trained athletes, levels of ferritin between 15 and 30 microg/L are frequently observed. Within this ferritin range, the usefulness of iron supplementation is still controversial. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the clinical usefulness of hepcidin assessment in the analysis of the iron status of young non-anemic athletes. Fifty young… CONTINUE READING