Iron overload is a condition where your body takes in and stores too much iron from the diet.Most people absorb only as much iron as they need from iron-rich foods such as meat, seafood, grains, and green vegetables. The rest of the iron passes through the body.
But for people with iron overload, the body takes in and stores too much iron from the diet. Too much iron is toxic. The iron slowly builds up in the body, especially your liver, heart, and pancreas. Eventually, these organs can be permanently damaged by the excess iron.Excess iron can also weaken your body's immune system, which makes you more likely to get infections or illness. People who have iron overload at the same time as other conditions, such as cancer, hepatitis, or HIV, do not recover well until their iron level has been lowered.
Iron overload can be treated, and the treatment works well to prevent complications.