Dietary iron intake and serum ferritin concentration in 213 patients homozygous for the HFEC282Y hemochromatosis mutation

Victor R. Gordeuk, Laura Lovato, James C. Barton, Mara Vitolins, Gordon McLaren, Ronald T. Acton, Christine McLaren, Emily L. Harris, Mark Speechley, John H. Eckfeldt, Sharmin Diaz, Phyliss Sholinsky, Paul Adams

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BACKGROUND: HFEC282Y homozygotes have an increased risk for developing increased iron stores and related disorders. It is controversial whether dietary iron restrictions should be recommended to such individuals. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether dietary iron content influences iron stores in HFEC282Y homozygotes as assessed by serum ferritin concentration. DESIGN: Serum ferritin concentration was measured and a dietary iron questionnaire was completed as part of the evaluation of 213 HFE C282Yhomozygotes who were identified through screening of >100,000 primary care patients at five HEmochromatosis and IRon Overload Screening (HEIRS) Study Field Centers in the United States and Canada. RESULTS: No significant relationships between serum ferritin concentration and dietary heme iron content, dietary nonheme iron content or reports of supplemental iron use were found. CONCLUSION: These results do not support recommending dietary heme or nonheme iron restrictions for HFEC282Y homozygotes diagnosed through screening in North America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-349
Number of pages5
JournalCanadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • Haemochromatosis
  • Hemochromatosis
  • Iron overload
  • Iron supplementation


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