For approximately one million Americans, iron is a poison. These Americans have a hereditary disease known as Hemochromatosis which overloads the body with iron causing problems such as diabetes, and liver cancer. It is even more prevalent than Cystic Fibrosis. Hemochromatosis is a genetic defect, most commonly found in people of European descent, that causes people to absorb too much iron from their diet and their bodies cannot get rid of it without help. The iron eventually builds up over the years and becomes toxic.
Enforcing that old adage of “having too much of a good thing can be bad for you” holds true for the rest of us. If you have too much iron coming in from your diet you could be susceptible to diabetes and a host of other issues just as well. On the flipside, not enough iron from your diet could lead to shortness of breath, rapid heart beating and lightheadedness. Having your iron checked is easy, affordable and convenient to do…just click here to get started.