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Hemochromatosis

Hemochromatosis occurs when an excess of iron is absorbed and stored in the body. The extra iron ends up in the body’s organs and causes damage. If not treated, the liver, heart and pancreas can fail.

Typically healthy people absorb about 10% of the iron in the food they eat. If you have hemochromatosis, you may absorb as much as three times that amount.  Because your body has no natural way to excrete iron, the extra just stays there. (More)


Understanding Hemochromatosis

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  • Iron Overload and Hemochromatosis (CDC)
  • What is Hemochromatosis? (The American Liver Foundation)

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    Last Updated: Nov 06, 2014