Hemochromatosis, or iron overload, develops after many years of
absorbing too much iron. There are three common changes on the HFE
gene involved in hereditary hemochromatosis. If you have an HFE
mutation, the sooner you know about it, the sooner you can begin
reducing the amount of iron your body takes in and prevent or stop
the build-up of excess iron. Left untreated, however, HFE mutations
can lead to iron overload and potentially fatal organ damage, diabetes,
impotence, heart disease and liver cancer. Consult your doctor!
offers genetic testing for hemochromatosis for $199. Hemochromatosis
affects around 1.5 million Americans, and accounts for about 15
percent of the cases of adult onset diabetes.