Introduction and Aim: There is an increase in the incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in obese people, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Iron leads to the development of NAFLD. Hence serum hepcidin played a vital role in the development of liver cirrhosis. This study was undertaken to evaluate the role of hepcidin and iron and their relationship with NAFLD. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional hospital-based study involved 50 patients. Plasma was evaluated for hepcidin by ELISA. and iron by semi-autoanalyzer. Hepcidin and iron were correlated using Spearman’s correlation. Results: There was a positive correlation between hepcidin and iron in NAFLD patients. We observed that patients with lower BMI were prone to develop NAFLD. Positive correlation of hepcidin with iron has led to diminished ability to inhibit iron. Conclusion: Further studies related to the altered lipid metabolism its link with iron, or change in the genes responsible for maintenance of iron balance, or a blend of both results in overload of iron in NAFLD patients. In the development of NAFLD iron played a vital role hence could be used as a target for treatment. Therefore, this evidence-based study may result in new treatment modalities in NAFLD.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)