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AHS12 Chris Kresser, MS, LAc — Iron Behaving Badly: The Role of Iron Overload in Metabolic Disease

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Published on Jul 16, 2013

Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac., presenting at the Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 (AHS12)

Iron Behaving Badly: The Role of Iron Overload in Metabolic Disease

Abstract:
We've known for almost a hundred years that aggressive iron storage disorders like hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Yet recent research suggests that even mild iron accumulation (at ferritin levels still well within the laboratory reference range) can cause significant metabolic problems, including insulin deficiency, insulin resistance and hepatic dysfunction.

Studies have shown that the frequency of diabetes is increased in HH, that elevated ferritin levels are associated with increased incidence of diabetes, and that reducing iron stores reverses or improves the metabolic abnormalities associated with excess iron.

In this talk I will discuss the pathophysiology of iron-related metabolic disease, and propose a clinical framework for diagnosing and treating it.

Bio:
Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac is a practitioner of integrative medicine and the creator of ChrisKresser.com, a popular blog and podcast challenging mainstream myths on nutrition, health and disease.

He has a private practice in Berkeley, CA and consults with patients around the world via telephone and Skype.

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