how does too much iron affect the body

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Can iron overload be acquired?

Yes

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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.
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What is iron overload, hemochromatosis?

Too much bodily iron

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As a result of the inability to increase iron loss, iron overload is an inevitable response to increased iron entry into the body. This can occur by one of three mechanisms - nutritional intake, increased absorption, parenteral sources (i.e. transfusions). Hemochromatosis is abnormally high absorption of iron as result of a genetic defect. Extra iron can be toxic.
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Is there a treatment for iron overload?

Yes

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phlebotomy which is removal of red blood cells or oral drugs that block iron absorption alos iv drug that binds iron see a md
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What should I expect from iron overload?

Lots

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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.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

How common is iron overload/hemochromatosis?

1 in 200

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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.
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Dr. Vanita Patel answered:

Could iron overload cause irregular periods?

No.

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Get evaluated with your doctor to find out possible causes of irregular periods.
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Dr. Maritza Baez answered:

How serious is iron overload, hemochromatosis?

Can be deadly

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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
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Dr. Bac X. Nguyen answered:

Does anybody have a solution for iron overload?

Donate your blood..

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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
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Dr. Yash K. Khanna answered:

What are some of the symptoms of iron overload?

Hemachromatosis

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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.
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Who is affected by iron overload/hemochromatosis?

C282Y Homozygous

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Most commonly seen in those with 2 copies of the C282Y genetic mutation of the HFE gene. However there are other defects that may result in HHC. Hemochromatosis may result in Iron Overload, however not all iron overload is from hemochromatosis.
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