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ISRN Hematology
Volume 2014, Article ID 525312, 3 pages
Research Article

Association of Body Mass Index with Hemoglobin Concentration and Iron Parameters in Iranian Population

1Yazd Diabetes Research Center, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Science, P.O. Box 8916657343, Yazd, Iran
2Department of Internal Medicine, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Yazd, Iran

Received 14 November 2013; Accepted 31 December 2013; Published 10 February 2014

Academic Editors: C. Gruellich and I. C. Haznedaroglu

Copyright © 2014 Akram Ghadiri-Anari 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.


Background. Studies have reported that obesity has an adverse effect on iron metabolism. Obesity is characterized by chronic, low-grade, systemic inflammation and anemia of chronic disease with elevated serum ferritin and decreased level of serum iron, transferrin saturation, and hemoglobin. Therefore, we examined the association of body mass index with hemoglobin concentration and iron parameters in this study. Methods. This cross-sectional study was conducted in Yazd to assess the relation of body mass index with hemoglobin and iron parameters among 406 adult patients 18–65 years old. Diabetes and conditions that could influence body iron stores were excluded. Results. There is no difference in hemoglobin concentrations, MCV, serum iron, TIBC, transferrin saturation index, and ferritin between normal weight, overweight, and obese persons. Conclusion. Nutritional status of persons and intake of high iron foods by obese persons should be considered. Also, other inflammatory markers should be evaluated in the future studies.