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International Journal of Endocrinology
Volume 2015, Article ID 642194, 5 pages
Research Article

The Relationship between Serum Ferritin and Insulin Resistance in Different Glucose Metabolism in Nonobese Han Adults

Department of Endocrinology, The First Hospital of Qinhuangdao, No. 258 Wenhua Road, Qinhuangdao, Hebei 066000, China

Received 29 June 2015; Revised 8 August 2015; Accepted 9 August 2015

Academic Editor: Michael Horowitz

Copyright © 2015 Bo-wei Liu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The exact mechanism through which elevated serum ferritin promotes the development of type 2 diabetes is unknown. This study showed that ferritin concentration in impaired glucose regulation and newly diagnosed diabetes mellitus subjects of nonobesity already significantly increased when compared with normal glucose tolerant subjects of nonobesity. Elevated serum ferritin levels are associated with insulin resistance and may be not associated with the decline of insulin beta cells in different status of glucose tolerance in nonobese Han adults.