Hemochromatosis (Iron Overload) (cont.)
People with hemochromatosis are encouraged to consume a balanced diet.
However, there are certain important precautions that warrant mentioning.
- A large alcohol intake (for example, 60gram of alcohol or four glasses of wine
or beer daily) was shown to increase the risk of liver cirrhosis by nine fold in
patients with hemochromatosis. Alcohol can also promote the
absorption of iron
from the intestines, resulting in further iron overload. Occasional social
drinking, however, may not add any further risk in patients with
- Ingestion of large doses of
vitamin C (ascorbic
acid) may lead to increased
iron uptake. Therefore, vitamin C supplementation is discouraged in patients
with hemochromatosis. It is worth noting that there is no reason to discourage
the usual consumption of fruits (citrus) and vegetables containing vitamin C in
people with hemochromatosis.
- Uncooked seafood may induce bacterial infections that thrive in the iron-rich
environment, and their ingestion is not recommended in people who have
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