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What is iron overload, hemochromatosis?

What is iron overload, hemochromatosis?

Too much bodily iron: 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. ...Read more

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

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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Is there a treatment for iron overload?

Yes: Phlebotomy which is removal of red blood cells or oral drugs that block iron absorption alos IV drug that binds iron see a md. ...Read more

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Is iron overload/hereditary hemochromatosis "curable"?

Is iron overload/hereditary hemochromatosis "curable"?

Yes: Yes as long as the iron is removed before irreversible damage like cirrhosis or diabetes has occurred. Phlebotomy is the best way to remove the iron. ...Read more

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Ferritin13, Iron167, TIBC496, Transferrin392, %Sat.34, Hemoglobin13.9 Is this anemia or iron overload?

Ferritin13,  Iron167, TIBC496, 
Transferrin392, %Sat.34, Hemoglobin13.9
Is this anemia or iron overload?

Neither: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, the data you provided suggests that your iron stores at the low end, but you are not anemic.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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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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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?

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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Could I have iron overload if hemoglobin is normal?

Absolutely: Contrary to what anybody else might have told you, your hemoglobin level is not your "iron" level. The two numbers are quite different. In fact, in hemochromatosis (a life-threatening but easily treated and very common illness), the hemoglobin is usually normal while total body iron may exceed the upper limit of what's good by 20x or more. ...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 there is a drug I can take for iron overload, wouldn't it be better to use that, instead of giving blood all of the time?

If there is a drug I can take for iron overload, wouldn't it be better to use that, instead of giving blood all of the time?

No: I am answering n0, because I do not know of a medcation that would remedy this problem without the necessity of withdrawing blood to keep the level of iron within an acceptable range. I am sure that consulting your hematologist would give you a better explanation than the one I have given you. Perhaps one of the colleagues on this site could help you more, good luck. ...Read more

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What do you take instead of prenatal vitamins if you had iron overload?

What do you take instead of prenatal vitamins if you had iron overload?

Folic acid & calcium: Take 1-5 mg of Folic Acid and 1-2 gm of calcium orally daily instead and you should be fine with a balanced diet. ...Read more

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What type of foods and fruits are helpful for reducing iron overload.My baby needs transfusion and her age 6 months. Pls advice?

What type of foods and fruits are helpful for reducing iron overload.My baby needs transfusion and her age 6 months. Pls advice?

Treating physician i: The doctor treating the baby(?Pediatrician) is your best guide to address questions. No foods will help you to reduce iron overload. But there are good medicines called iron chelators, which are commonly used and are fairly effective in controlling this problem. But an experienced blood specialist should be managing this problem. ...Read more

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Ferritin increases from 7 to 520 after 2xIVI. MD said no need to worry when asked about iron overload as he was ordering IVI. Is 520 okay or need tx?

Ferritin increases from 7 to 520 after 2xIVI. MD said no need to worry when asked about iron overload as he was ordering IVI. Is 520 okay or need tx?

You're fine for now: Simply monitor your iron levels, especially if you were previously iron deficient. Things start getting dangerous when higher levels persist for a long time. Iron deficiency is itself dangerous and a great world health burden. And I'm especially glad your cancer was detected and treated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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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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I have iron overload and I am expecting what can happen to the baby because of this?

I have iron overload and I am expecting what can happen to the baby because of this?

Baby most liklely OK: I assume you have hemochomatosis? At 29, you may have been found to have iron overload from routine blood work because you became pregnant and not having symptoms from it. Baby is not likely to be affected in utero. Baby may inherit the iron-overload gene, but most likely won't have any problem with it until later in life, even later for female. Congrats on pregnancy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...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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