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122 Post author: RomeoStevens 28 February 2014 06:28AM

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Comment author: Lumifer 28 February 2014 05:52:58AM 1 point [-]

Wouldn't necessarily call it iron overload

I thought it was a pretty standard term.

Comment author: CellBioGuy 28 February 2014 07:26:14AM *  3 points [-]

Yes it is, but generally for rather more clinically significant levels. The difference between men and women exists but is much much smaller than the difference you get from, say, hereditary hemochromatosis. Ordinarily I hate nomenclature quibbles but labelling the normal state of half the population as a pathology seems out of place.

Comment author: Lumifer 28 February 2014 06:21:27PM 1 point [-]

Well, nobody claims all males suffer from iron overload.

On the other hand, the correlation between blood donation and mortality seems to suggest that there is a nontrivial amount of people (very likely males) with "clinically significant levels" who are probably not aware of that fact.