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Lower Iron if You Have or Want to Avoid Diabetes

Hemochromatosis, a disease of massive iron overload, is the most common inherited disease. Most doctors don't know this and most people have never even heard of it. Virtually no one screens for it and it is causing massive amounts of easily preventable and treatable diseases. My dad and I both have a genetic anemia called thallasemia. My dad developed type 2 diabetes from the high secondary iron levels from this disease. This is what one would expect as type 2 diabetes occurs in about two-thirds of those who have hemochromatosis. Fortunately, with some aggressive therapies he is coming out of it and recovering. I am also very grateful to have caught my own rapidly increasing iron levels and have been able to normalize them with simple measures.

For more information on this improtant topic I would encourage you to read my article from earlier this year in which I review how to properly diagnose and treat iron overload problems like hemochromatosis and hemosiderosis.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition January 2004 Vol. 79, No. 1, 70-75

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