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Table 3 Iron, folate, vitamin B12 status of the athletes (x̅ ± sd)

From: Iron, folate and vitamin B12 status of Ethiopian professional runners

Distance category N Sex RBC count Hb in g/dl Ferritin, μg/L) Transferin (g/L) Folate, ng/ml B12, pg/ml
Short (100–400 m) 18 M 5.4 ± 0.4 16.8 ± 0.8 184 ± 65.0 2.4 ± 0.4 7.1 ± 2.2 653 ± 341
13 F 4.9 ± 0.3 14.7 ± 0.7 65. 7 ± 44 2.6 ± 0.5 8.4 ± 2.9 571 ± 187
Middle (800–1500 m) 10 M 5 ± 0.3 15.3 ± 1.1 50 ± 35 2.8 ± 0.5 8.4 ± 3.1 626 ± 211
12 F 5.6 ± 0.3 17.2 ± 0.9 89.2 ± 48 2.6 ± 0.4 7.7 ± 2.0 533.5 ± 83.7
Steeple cheese (3000 m) 5 M 4.6 ± 0.1 14.9 ± 0.8 68.6 ± 24.8 2.6 ± 0.4 8.5 ± 1.7 422 ± 239.7
9 F 5.2 ± 0.3 16.3 ± 0.0 126.3 ± 58.5 2.65 ± 0.5 6.8 ± 2.2 547.3 ± 161.8
Long 5000 & 10,000 m 10 M 4.9 ± 0.4 15 ± 1.0 87 ± 50.3 2.9 ± 0.4 8.4 ± 2.4 472 ± 139.7
8 F 5.4 ± 0.4 16.5 ± 1.1 150.7 ± 128.2 2.6 ± 0.2 12.8 ± 4.2 615 ± 346.6
Marathon (42 km) 6 M 4.7 ± 0.4 14.9 ± 0.8 41.4 ± 2.4 2.7 ± 0.4 9 ± 5.0 453 ± 117
10 F 5.5 ± 0.3 16.5 ± 0.8 45 ± 1.7 2.5 ± 0.3 9.7 ± 2.5 541 ± 225
Total 57 M 5.45 ± 0.3 15.4 ± 0.8 134.1 ± 86.8 2.55 ± 3.8 8.4 ± 3.2 586 ± 258
Total 44 F 4.85 ± 0.4 13.7 ± 0.9 63.9 ± 40.4 2.7 ± 0.4 8.5 ± 3.0 528 ± 189
Overall total 101 Tot 5.2 ± 0.5 14.65 ± 1.2 98.9 ± 74.3 2.62 ± 0.4 8.5 ± 3.1 561 ± 231