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May 26, 2004

Iron Stores as a Risk Factor for Diabetes in Women

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(20):2428-2429. doi:10.1001/jama.291.20.2428-b

To the Editor: The study by Dr Jiang and colleagues1 does not address all potential factors related to iron stores in women. First, plasma ferritin levels in women are approximately one half of those in men, primarily because a third "labile pool" of stored iron is present in women.2

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