Association of red blood cell size and physical fitness in a military male cohort: The CHIEF study

Shiue Wei Lai, Kun Zhe Tsai, Yen Po Lin, Pang Yen Liu, Yu Kai Lin, Ping Ying Chang, Ming Shen Dai, Tsu Yi Chao, Chih Lu Han, Gen Min Lin

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Anemia manifested as reduced red blood cell (RBC) amounts or hemoglobin levels has been associated with lower cardiorespiratory fitness. However, the relationship of smaller RBC with physical fitness was unknown. We included 2933 non-anemic military males (hemoglobin levels: 11.1-15.9 g/dL and mean corpuscular volume (MCV) 70 fL (n = 2743), respectively. The linear regression shows that as compared with microcytosis, normocytosis was associated with more numbers of sit-ups performed within 2 minutes (β = 1.51, P-value = 0.02). The logistic regression also reveals that those males with microcytosis had higher probability as the worst 10% performers in the 2-minute push-up test (odds ratio: 1.91, 95% confidence intervals: 1.18-3.12). By contrast, there was no association of microcytosis with 3000-meter running time. Our study suggests that non-anemic microcytosis was associated with lower anaerobic fitness but not with aerobic fitness. Whether the causative factors for microcytosis such as iron deficiency status and thalassemia trait unavailable in the study might account for the relationship needs further investigations.
頁(從 - 到)295-302
期刊Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports
出版狀態已發佈 - 2月 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 骨科和運動醫學
  • 物理治療、運動療法和康復


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