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Hello moltoncore,

I really like using the mayoclinic website as it explains so much.

As you can read there, if the liver is compromised by alcohol or disease it causes hemochromatosis. It is important for the doctors to find out what is causing the excess iron in your blood and if possible treat the disease and also you need to modify or stop anything you may be doing to compromise your liver, such as drinking alcohol.

Many people regularly give blood regularly to lower the excess iron; getting the iron level down is important to your health.

My family has always cooked with cast iron frying pans. I was told that was why my iron was at a good level. However, unknown to me or my doctors, my liver became compromised with Hep. C from a transfusion many years ago back before blood was tested for Hep. C. Then my ferritin became too high. Because of the Hep C I could not give blood, but I quit using the cast iron pans for cooking and my iron level dropped.

I was able to take the new drug Harvoni and the Hep C was cured. Then my iron level dropped too low, so I resumed cooking with cast iron pans.

Different things affect iron levels, so it's good to figure out if anything you do is affecting your levels. You can get your DNA tested to see if your hemochromatosis is hereditary. If so, others in your family may want to get tested. My DNA was tested and mine was from the Hep C and is not hereditary.

I hope that helps some.

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