The contribution of diet and genotype to iron status in women: a classical twin study

Susan J Fairweather-Tait, Geoffrey R Guile, Ana M Valdes, Anna A Wawer, Rachel Hurst, Jane Skinner, Alexander J Macgregor

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This is the first published report examining the combined effect of diet and genotype on body iron content using a classical twin study design. The aim of this study was to determine the relative contribution of genetic and environmental factors in determining iron status. The population was comprised of 200 BMI- and age-matched pairs of MZ and DZ healthy twins, characterised for habitual diet and 15 iron-related candidate genetic markers. Variance components analysis demonstrated that the heritability of serum ferritin (SF) and soluble transferrin receptor was 44% and 54% respectively. Measured single nucleotide polymorphisms explained 5% and selected dietary factors 6% of the variance in iron status; there was a negative association between calcium intake and body iron (p = 0.02) and SF (p = 0.04).
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere83047
JournalPLoS One
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2013

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