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December 2003 Issue

Iron Overload Common, But Diet Not a Key Treatment, Insist Experts

Q. I have been diagnosed with hemochromatosis. Should I be following a special diet?

A. Thatís not necessary, nor is it an effective way to treat the disease, experts now say. Hemochromatosis, also called iron overload disease, triggers excessive absorption of iron from both foods and supplements. Though little known or addressed, hemochromatosis is the most common inherited disorder in the U.S.

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