July is Hemochromatosis Month

where one can develop iron overload of the liver. It can also cause complications like liver cancer, cirrhosis and diabetes if caught late. It is easily treatable and can be diagnosed by measuring blood iron levels on a fast. Approximately one in ten people with Northern European ancestry carry the gene and approximately one million people have it in the United States.

Hemachromatosis is managed by both hepatologists and hematologist.

Author
Jeffrey Crespin, MD Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU MD, MBA, AGAF, FACP

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