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Demand Iron Panel Tests Go Back On Routine Blood Work: Prevent Deadly/Chronic Illnesses!

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Iron Overload AKA Hemochromatosis, is the most common, deadly, treatable genetic disorder in America... not being diagnosed and treated in time! Numbers rival Diabetes but you've never heard of it!

During early, damaging stages it's asymptomatic in 75 percent  = silent killer.  2.3 Million undiagnosed, 2 million diagnosed too late, 15 million carriers who can and do get ill. Major trigger for heart failure, heart attacks, liver failure, cirrhosis, arthritis, Alzheimer's and a number of cancers. 

The irony is that both testing and treatment for iron overload are simple. A “Transferrin saturation” and ferritin tests show whether excess iron is being absorbed and at what rate. 

The 1998 decision to unbundle serum iron and ferritin from the routine executive blood panels closed a window for early detection/diagnosis. made no medical sense, and cost countless lives. Worldwide large population studies concluded that up to 40 percent of those with HH will get ill.

It dwarfs ALS, MDA and MS in cases and is on par with diabetes, but few have heard of it... while they, their family members and friends die from it. Iron tests back on routine blood work makes medical sense, and would not only increase detection of iron overload, but Wilson’s Disease, anemia, cirrhosis, diabetes and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Far from a savings perspective, that 1998 decision actually increased healthcare costs. Before unbundling, a blood panel that included iron tests and a complete blood count cost $100. After, the same tests done separately cost $400.  If iron tests were on the order for initial blood test screening an America Medical Association study noted diagnosis rates would rise 20 fold. 30,000 annual would become 600,000!

Demand these tests go on the bundle of routine blood work immediately, and run with every CBC panel ordered.   www.ironitout.org

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