Iron Overload/Hemochromatosis

By: CPMC Genetic Counseling Staff
Reviewed by: Dr. Andres Ferber, MD, Cooper University Hospital

Having a high iron level in the blood without any other symptoms is called iron overload.

When symptoms like fatigue, weakness, weight loss, abdominal pain, joint pain, diabetes, and high blood pressure or hormone changes are present in addition to iron overload, the condition is called hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis is a serious condition that can lead to potentially fatal organ damage if untreated.

How Common is Iron Overload/Hemochromatosis?
Iron overload/hemochromatosis is the most common genetic disease in the United States. Approximately 1 in 256 Caucasian people are at risk to develop iron overload/hemochromatosis.

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Learn more about Iron Overload/Hemochromatosis, from symptoms to understanding your risk, through the links below.

Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

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Risk Factors

Both genetic and non-genetic factors play a role in Iron Overload/Hemochromatosis [ Learn More › ]


Reduce Your Risk

Risk-reducing behaviors for Iron Overload/Hemochromatosis [ Learn More › ]

The CPMC Study

Learn how the CPMC Study identifies your risk for Iron Overload/Hemochromatosis  [ Learn More › ]