How does iron affect human health and longevity

(ORDO NEWS) — The level of iron in the blood is a key factor influencing life expectancy and health in old age.

We warn you right away: if you think that iron in your diet is not enough, contact a specialist. Do not self-medicate!

Biological aging – the process of gradual degradation of the body, leading to fatal diseases – in all people proceeds differently and at different speeds. British and German researchers have been able to find genetic causes that can explain these differences.

They analyzed the genetic data of more than a million people and identified ten regions of the genome associated with longevity, health and longevity.

At the same time, scientists drew attention to the fact that among these genes, too many are associated with the metabolism of iron in the blood.

Using a statistical method, they were able to confirm that the genes involved in this process are partly responsible for a long and healthy life.

In turn, deviations in the level of iron in the blood from the norm are associated, as you know, with various age-related diseases – Parkinson’s disease, liver diseases, or age-related weakening of the immune system.

“This proves that high iron levels in the blood reduce healthy life expectancy, and, accordingly, maintaining this level in the normal range can prevent age-related diseases.

We concede that our discovery of iron metabolism may explain why consuming large amounts of iron-rich meat leads to cardiovascular disease with age,” says Dr Paul Timmers from the University of Edinburgh.

Therefore, in a few years there may be a drug that mimics the genetic influence on iron metabolism that will be able to prevent some of the effects of aging.


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