The Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Haemochromatosis Support Group

Living With Genetic Haemochromatosis

How effective is treatment?

Venesection treatment will cause tissue iron to be mobilised and iron stores will return to normal. However, it will not cure some serious clinical conditions such as diabetes or cirrhosis if they are already present at the time treatment is started.

This emphasises the need for early diagnosis.

Diet and Alcohol - What diet do I follow?

 It is not possible to treat GH with a low iron diet.

Individuals with haemochromatosis are concerned they will have to give up their favourite foods and are surprised to learn this is not always necessary.

A balanced diet of good lean meats, fruits, vegetables and grains that are not heavily fortified with iron.

The rate of iron absorption can be slowed by: