The iron overload associated with hemochromatosis can be diagnosed through two blood tests. The tests measure how much iron is in the body. People can have these tests done in their doctor’s office.
If hemochromatosis is found early, treatment can slow its progress and prevent serious problems. However, if the disease is not diagnosed and treated early, it can cause more serious problems. These problems include arthritis, heart problems, and liver problems (such as cirrhosis and liver cancer).
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