Iron overload is common and deadly

Lipman, Marvin M.
June 2013
Consumer Reports on Health;Jun2013, Vol. 25 Issue 6, p11
The article presents an overview of a medical condition called hemochromatosis, which is more prevalent among men than women and has been linked to a defective gene which causes the decreased production of hepcidin, a liver protein that prevents the intestinal absorption of excess dietary iron. A discussion of genetic testing which can be used to diagnose hemochromatosis, and of the complications of hemochromatosis, is presented.


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