Overdosed on Iron

Tired? Achy? Lost your spark in bed? You may have hemochromatosis. Here's how to find out

When it comes to the iron in your diet, too much of a good thing can hurt you. Folks with a genetic condition called hemochromatosis absorb so much iron from their food that their body literally starts to rust from the inside out. More than 1 million Americans suffer from the disorder, although most of them don't know what they've got. Part of the reason is that hemochromatosis can masquerade as other diseases, like diabetes and arthritis. In addition, according to a series of articles in last week's Annals of Internal Medicine, most doctors still don't realize how common the disorder...

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