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Doctor insights on: Nonworrisome Iron Overload

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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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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 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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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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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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How common is iron overload/hemochromatosis?

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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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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