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hemochromatosis Sep 09, 2020

What is hemochromatosis?

Hemochromatosis describes a condition where iron and ferritin levels are too high in the body. With hemochromatosis, too much iron gets absorbed from the food we eat, which elevates iron to dangerously high levels. Chronic elevation of iron can have severe consequences, which include:

  1. Diabetes.
    • When your iron stores are too high, your body becomes inflamed and stops responding to insulin as effectively.  
  2. Heart problems.
    • Excessive amounts of iron can affect the hearts' ability to circulate blood around the body.
  3. Liver disease
    • Elevated iron stores increase the risk of liver cirrhosis (scarring) and cancer.

 

What causes hemochromatosis?

Hemochromatosis is a hereditary condition associated with an HFE gene mutation. Put simply, the mutation causes excessive amounts of iron absorption. If you inherit two abnormal genes, you may develop hemochromatosis. However, if you only inherit one abnormal gene, you are unlikely to develop...

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