Extend the life and improve health in older age will help maintain normal blood iron levels. To such conclusion came from a team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh and of the Institute of biology of aging them. Max Planck in Germany. Their findings are published in the journal Nature Communications.
The research focused on three parameters associated with biological aging: overall survival, duration of disease-free life and longevity.
Using a public database of genetic data, scientists have identified ten regions of the genome associated with life expectancy, health and longevity. It turned out that in all cases the important role played by sets of genes associated with iron metabolism.
The level of iron in the blood primarily affects the nutrition. Too high or too low iron level is associated with age-related diseases such as Parkinson’s disease or liver damage, and reduces the body’s ability to fight infections.
The researchers hope that the obtained results can be helpful in finding drugs that reduces the number of age-related diseases. They assume that to extend life and to provide old age, free from sickness, will be possible due to the creation of drugs that regulate iron metabolism.
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