We often hear about anemia or low iron in the blood, but did you know that iron overload is FAR more prevalent? Truly a silent killer, this condition is so under diagnosed, and resulting deaths are likely never attributed to it. If you are of European decent, you are at a higher risk. Some say men are at higher risk than women – NOT true. I am a female and I was diagnosed 10 years ago after insisting on testing.
My doctor thought it was not necessary to test me in spite of a family member’s diagnosis, because I was a woman and had not reached menopause. He was wrong – and thankfully, he admitted he was wrong and he started to do some research. In the weeks after my diagnosis, my doctor went over his patient files and diagnosed several others that he was treating for other diseases such as heart disease, liver disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. My diagnosis saved those lives!
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