Get help Diet matters Living well with GH Many people affected by genetic haemochromatosis have concerns about the amount of iron in their food. Iron is an essential part of a balanced diet. This is true even for people with haemochromatosis; yet changes to your diet cannot prevent iron overload. Genetic haemochromatosis cannot be treated through diet A restricted or heavily controlled diet is not recommended for people affected by haemochromatosis. However, with a few sensible adjustments, a healthy, balanced diet can help to slow the rate at which your body absorbs iron from food. In conjunction with venesection treatment, this can limit the re-accumulation of iron in the body. This guide is included in our membership pack - join now! We maintain a list of breakfast cereals and their iron content here.