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A 19-year-old female asked:

Is it possible for a person to get iron overload from eating a lot of meat but doesn't have gene for hemochromatosis?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
You're fine: Argentinas gauchos live in a 100% meat diet without apparent ill effects. In the absence of the gene for hemochromatosis, your gut simply doesn't absorb the extra iron. Don't worry about nonexistent / negligible risks -- life's difficult enough.

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