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What Is Hemochromatosis?
While some individuals with hereditary hemochromatosis never experience symptoms, several of the signs and symptoms associated with the condition mimic those of other common health conditions. Symptoms typically include joint pain, fatigue and overall weakness. Generally speaking, hemochromatosis is more likely to be serious in men. As such, the typical first sign of the disease in males involves organ damage including joint pain, diabetes, loss of sex drive, impotence and heart failure.
The actual cause of hemochromatosis is a genetic mutation that affects the body’s absorption of iron. As such, the condition is genetic and passed from parents to children. The mutated gene that is typically involved in the development of hemochromatosis is labeled HFE, and the common mutations are C282Y and H63D. An individual must inherit two of the abnormal genes, one from the mother and one from the father, to develop the disorder.
Natural Hemochromatosis Remedies
Remedies for Hemochromatosis
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Posted by Cindy (Flint, Mi) on 01/22/2013
I am an Afro-American woman in her 50s that has been diagnosed with non-herditary hemocromatosis but I also have very low hemoglobin levels so I cannot donate blood or have phlebotomies. I am not a drinker or drug abuser and never have been. I am getting worse and my doctor has done everything he knows to do. I go to a cancer center and they are very thorough and very knowledgeable but still of no help. I just wanted to let all of you know that I am so glad this site is here and am requesting any advice on what I can do to slow down iron absorbtion and raise my HgB levels at the same time. I appreciate any comments and offers of advice. God bless all of you and I look forward to hearing from you.
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Posted by Catherine (Wellington, New Zealand ) on 07/14/2011
About iron and cancer.. The body's defence mechanism when pathogens, parasites or cancer cells are present is to withdraw iron from the blood and store it in ferritin molecules. This in turn shows up as low iron levels in the blood (anemia) Not to be alarmed, not all anemia is iron related, it can be brought on by low Vitamin B levels. When a blood test is required to measure iron in the blood it is a good safeguard to also have a serum ferritin check as well to measure how much iron is being stored!Anyone of Celtic ancestry should have their ferritin levels checked in case they have the iron storage disease called hereditary hemochromatosis. This condition causes much misery and limited life span from such things as liver cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes2, arthritis and other health conditions. Males are affected sooner than females whose iron levels are reduced by their menses and childbirth. After menopause they soon catch up (which is why their rate for heart disease increases then). Statistics show that 0.5% to 1.5% of the population (depending on racial mix) can have the gene for this disorder. It runs in families and members who do not have the condition are likely carriers of the gene. We have all heard the stories of a man who died of cirhossis of the liver in spite of being an avowed tee-totaller, and the mourners at the funeral whispering how he must have been a secret drinker to have had such a disease!! Not so, poor man was a victim no doubt of hemochromatosis and the massive amount of iron stored in his liver.
Posted by Kathleen (Los Angeles, Ca) on 01/29/2013
I suffered from Hemochromatosis and have been having phlebotomies for almost 20 years. In the beginning I was having one pint depleted once a week. Then I got bad so quickly the started drawing two... Yes 2... Pints of blood a WEEK! This went on for over a year. Then once a week for several years.... Until I found ip6 [inositol hexophosphate]. Once I started taking it regularly, I didn't have to have a phlebotomy for 2 years! Not one treatment for two whole years! I stopped taking it for a while and recently started again. I'm having phlebotomies about 3x a year now and I'm happy and I thank God I'm alive! I hope this helps....
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