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Haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder in Australia, with around 1 in 200 people living with the disease.

People with the condition absorb too much iron from their diet. The excess iron is stored in the body and over time this leads to iron overload.

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood created, the High Ferritin app it’s a web-based tool that determines the eligibility of patients, as well as providing education. Learn more here: https://hnc.org.au/news-story/high-ferritin-app-xhp/

We all know that not enough iron causes health problems but few realise that for some, too much iron is also a problem. If undetected and untreated, the excess iron can cause organ or tissue damage and can potentially result in premature death.

Haemochromatosis tends to be under-diagnosed, partly because its symptoms are similar to those caused by a range of other illnesses.