Having far too much or far too little iron in the system can be fatal, with heart or liver failure as the main causes of death. Generally, this does not happen immediately, but rather after prolonged exposure or deficiency.
Iron overload increases the risk for liver disease (cirrhosis, cancer), heart attack or heart failure, diabetes, osteoarthritis or osteoporosis, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimers, early-onset Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, epilepsy, and multiple schlerosis, and more.
Too much iron is dangerous because it causes damage to the organs. Hemochromatosis, a hereditary disease where the body absorbs too much iron from food, causes damage to the heart, liver, and pancreas. This damage could result in serious conditions such as liver disease or cancer.
Even if you don’t have hemochromatosis, ingesting too much iron can cause iron poisoning. This could be just vomiting and diarrhea, but the symptoms could be as extreme as seizures, coma, and liver failure.
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