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Iron Values(4 posts)

Iron ValuesJim Hubbard
Jan 14, 2002 10:25 AM
Hi, a question for the more medically minded. What are the typical iron level range for a competitive cyclists? Are they higher than the normal population? Have any studies been done?
re: Iron Valuesmorey
Jan 14, 2002 10:37 AM
Long distance runners, cyclists etc. that require oxygen generally have a higher hematocrit, Iron level than normal.
Unfortunately, this leads to EPO and other drugs that boost the RBC count and the ability to hold Iron and carry oxygen.
re: Iron ValuesElefantino
Jan 14, 2002 10:48 AM
According to a French study done after the 1998 Tour de France:

...60% of the racers have biological disorders and "an anomaly in iron metabolism". In 90% of these cases, "an excess of iron has come to light", which indicates repeated use of EPO (erythropoietin) "which we associate with injected iron supplements". In 65% of these cases, the first conclusions not "a serious disturbance of lipid metabolism which also arises from foreign substances"; in this case, injections of corticosteroids and other hormones. Among the racers affected by this problem, 40% have indications of liver or pancreatic damage. The iron levels found among the professionals are astounding: they are greater than
500 ng/l (nanograms/liter) in 90% of the cases, and a normal subject has iron levels lower than 100 ng/l. Levels of 1000 ng/l were found in more than 20% of the professionals. The report also notes that levels as high as 1200 ng/l and even 2000 ng/l.
re: Iron Valuesmorey
Jan 14, 2002 12:19 PM
This is why Pantani and others have been banned! They have incredible Hematocrit levels. They claim this is due to genetics and training.