If the disease is diagnosed early, treatment can begin that will reduce the chances of getting other, more serious complications. Treatment consists of unloading iron from the body. This is done by having a unit of blood removed up to twice weekly until the iron levels return to normal. The earlier you are diagnosed, the better. All of your family members should be tested for hemochromatosis as well. This is usually hereditary.
Early symptoms include;
General muscle aches
Loss of sex drive
Cessation of monthly menstrual cycles
Joint pain in the fingers
Shortness of breath on exertion
Increased skin pigmentation (a bronze color)
Loss of body hair
As far as your liver is concerned, if the diagnosis is made before cirrhosis develops, life expectancy is normal, and, with treatment, almost all other complications of iron overload can be reversed or stopped from progressing.