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Can iron overload be acquired?

Can iron overload be acquired?

Yes: Certain beers in the tropics caused iron load. So even in patients that did not have hemochromatosis did not develop iron overload. Also, patients with history of multiple blood transfusions can also develop iron overload. There was a famous bantu beer. Most patients cannnot get iron overload unless they have the genes. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Does anybody have a solution for iron overload?

Does anybody have a solution for iron overload?

Donate your blood..: From hemochromatosis? This genetic disorder causes the body to hog-iron which accumulates over years. Females have natural way to rid of some via monthly menstrual loss, but not so for guys. Beyond minimizing vitamins with iron and iron-rich foods, regularly donating blood (a good deed) is the most effective method of reducing the iron level over time. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What should I expect from iron overload?

What should I expect from iron overload?

Lots : Liver problems, heart disease, muscle disorders, brain problems, kidney disease. If you have iron overload, please get it treated as soon as you can. Not a nice thing to have. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of iron overload?

What are some of the symptoms of iron overload?

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. ...Read more

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How serious is iron overload, hemochromatosis?

How serious is iron overload, hemochromatosis?

Can be deadly: Over time, excesses of iron build up in major organs such as the heart, liver, pancreas, joints and pituitary. If the extra iron is not removed, these organs can become diseased, causing conditions like diabetes mellitus, irregular heart beat or heart attack, arthritis, cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer, gall bladder disease, depression, impotence, infertility, hypothyroidism, hypogonadism. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of iron overload, hemochromatosis?

What are the symptoms of iron overload, hemochromatosis?

A few: Lack of energy, abdominal pain, memory fog, loss of sex drive, heart flutters, irregular heart beat. When symptoms are associated with hemochromatosis, these usually begin in men in their late 20’s to early 30’s. In women, symptoms usually start about 10-15 years after they stop having a period due to menopause, birth control pills or hysterectomy. ...Read more

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If you have iron overload but like to eat meat, which meats have the absolute lowest iron?

If you have iron overload but like to eat meat, which meats have the absolute lowest iron?

The whitest: Most of the red color in red meats comes from hemoglobin, which is the iron-containing chemical in blood. So red meats are highest, while white meats and fish would have lowest iron concentration. However, if you have excess iron (which can be pretty dangerous), why not become a regular blood donor? That way you can help save lives while helping yourself to stay healthy! a real win-win! ...Read more

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What iron levels are considered "suspicious" for iron overload/hemochromatosis?

Transferrin sat: Your best screen is transferrin saturation. Many of us think that the current recommendation of 45% or more for women, 50% of more for men miss too many people. If you actually have evidence of liver troubles (elevated SGOT / SGPT, for example), think about getting a serum ferritin. With a family history, get the gene testing to know early. ...Read more

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How is a diagnosis for iron overload/hemochromatosis confirmed?

How is a diagnosis for iron overload/hemochromatosis confirmed?

Labs and Bx: Labs that include ferritin and transferrin saturation. All patients being evaluated for hhc should have c282y and h63d mutation analysis. This may help in determine risk for hhc but is not always diagnostic by itself. Lastly a liver biopsy with a iron index or MRI may help to confirm suspected cases. ...Read more

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How common is iron overload/hemochromatosis?

1 in 200: It's extremely common, and of all the common, serious diseases, it is the easiest to manage. If it's discovered relatively late, the person realizes they've had "the blahs" for years once phlebotomy removes the excess iron. ...Read more

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