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Is high iron in the blood harmful?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Find why: Simply popping an iron-and-vitamin tablet before the blood draw can raise it, but we don't want to miss hemochromatosis, which affects maybe 1 person in 200 and will give you the blahs for years before it's diagnosed or makes you gravely sick.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of high iron in blood?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
None to many: This is usually diagnosed as hemachromatosis. It is a genetic disorder. If high enough and long enough, it can affect ones joints (pain), glandular organs, (decreased libido and diabetes), the heart (abnormal rhythms) and many other organs and symptoms. One may become "bronze colored", develop low thyroid levels and develop liver disease. It is treatable if caught early and treated aggressivel.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What can cause high iron in blood?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chris Oh
Dr. Chris Ohanswered
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Hemochromatosis: Hemachromatosis causes accumulation of iron in the body causing multi oran problems. In addition to a comprehensive blood test you should check ferritin, iron and transferrin saturation levels. (www.Chrisohmd.Com).
A 43-year-old member asked:

Are there any benefits of having a high iron concentration in the blood?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Not particularly: If you mean upper limit of normal as far as iron levels go, then you may be fine. High levels of iron in the blood can be damaging to many organs of the body. Hemachromatosis is a condition of large iron stores in the body. It is genetic. Sexual function, liver damage, severe arthritis, diabetes, heart failure and arrhythmia, thyroid disorder and many other conditions come from this. Get exam.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of too high of iron content in the blood?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Hemachromatosis: Iron overload or hemachromatosis hs following symptoms abdominal pain, fatigue, generalised darkening of skin colour, joint pains, lack of energy, loss of body hair, loss of sex desire, weakness.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is high iron in blood good or bad?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 28 years experience
Iron overload: Genetic hemochromatosis causes excess absorption of iron which builds up in internal organs like the heart, liver, and pancreas causing organ dysfunction and failure. A similar thing can happen when patients get a lot of blood transfusions (because there is iron inside the red blood cells). High iron levels can also be seen with alcohol abuse and hepatitis. Please get checked out to see what's up.

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