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Link Found Between Kids’ Behavior and Iron Stores

A recent study suggests a link between iron deficiencies and behavioral symptoms in children with ADHD, but found no such connection with cognitive symptoms.

A recent study has found that low levels of ferritin, a protein that stores iron in the body, can contribute to symptoms of impulsivity and hyperactivity in children with ADHD.

Contrary to past studies, researchers found no relationship between ferritin levels and cognitive performance. Nor did they find low levels of the protein in children who displayed inattentiveness.

Based on the study’s findings, researchers speculate that iron replacement therapy might be helpful for adolescents with hyperactive-type ADD, but larger studies need to be done. —From February 2008 Pediatrics International

—as reported in the Summer 2008 issue of ADDitude

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