Excess of Iron may cause skin infections, research says
Researchers had conducted the study to uncover the impact of high iron levels on health.
"Not many studies have investigated the negative effects of excess iron”, says co-lead study author Dr. Beben Benyamin, a geneticist at the University of South Australia, adding further, “High iron levels may also lead to a higher risk of bacterial skin infections, such as cellulitis (a bacterial infection that affects the inner layers of the skin) and abscesses.”
Iron is an important nutrient for the survival and growth of bacteria, but this global study is the first to use large-scale population data to further investigate the link between high iron levels and bacterial skin infections.
Co-lead author Dipender Gill, from Imperial College London, adds that to date none of the studies had focused on iron levels to manage skin infections or regulate cholesterol.