Edinburgh: European experts, after reviewing medical data on millions of people, have concluded that the amount of iron in the blood is directly and strongly linked to longevity.
According to the report, published online in the latest issue of the research journal Nature Communications, the study was led by the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and included experts from the Netherlands and Germany.
The study looked at the medical data of 1.75 million people, 60,000 of whom had lived extraordinarily long lives.
After reviewing various information related to health and longevity, the experts revealed that the amount of iron (iron) in the blood of those who lived longer was “absolutely fine”, meaning it was neither low nor high.
It should be noted that the ‘normal’ amount of iron in the blood of adult males is 59 to 158 micrograms per deciliter, while that of adult females is 37 to 145 micrograms per deciliter. (Reference: Iron Panel, University of Iowa, Department of Pathology, Laboratory Services Handbook.)
In addition to the normal amount of iron in the blood of older people, this team of experts has discovered some genes that also work to maintain the level of iron in the blood at a ‘healthy level’. He hopes that by further exploring the function of these genes, effective anti-ageing drugs could be developed in the future.