A maddening aspect of too much iron is that no two individuals experience hemochromatosis symptoms in exactly the same way. In part, this explains why so many doctors fail to consider the signs of hemochromatosis when diagnosing a patient.
Iron overload can be tiring, painful, complex, confusing, and symptoms are often misunderstood. Symptoms of hemochromatosis range from mild to severe, and can occur daily or periodically.
The two most prominent hemochromatosis symptoms are:
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Well beyond the low energy and painful soreness, hemochromatosis carries significant risk for long term health consequences. Iron absorption and accumulation builds over a lifetime, and can lead to the following:
Unchecked, severe cases of iron overload can and will progress through some, or all, of these serious signs, symptoms, and complications. Hemochromatosis can shorten life expectancy. It can be fatal.
Fortunately, with early detection and treatment, these serious symptoms of hemochromatosis may be entirely preventable.
Hemochromatosis symptoms can also produce some less serious, but fairly undesirable consequences.
Patients, personal stories, and case studies also provide great insight into how this disease expresses itself symptomatically. Here are some other commonly reported symptoms of hemochromatosis:
Hemochromatosis can have a significant impact on our emotional and mental states. The following are some of the ways iron overload can affect our mental well being:
Textbooks will often focus on the more physical signs and symptoms of hemochromatosis, such as pain, fatigue, arthritis, diabetes, and liver function.
While these symptoms of too much iron are extremely common, I hear of the emotional impact of hemochromatosis as well. Many people have shared with me their stories of how iron overload has affected them.
Quite often, they tell me how mentally and emotionally they have been taxed. It is definitely quite a burden to bear.
Whether your personal symptoms of hemochromatosis are physical, mental, emotional, or a combination, I always like to remind my readers that much can be done for iron overload and furthermore:
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Dr. Eric Lewis is a naturopathic physician who also has hereditary hemochromatosis. With his unique perspective of being both a practitioner and a patient, he brings new insight into holistic approaches to iron overload, providing new understanding about the best diet and supplementation strategies to help support health with hemochromatosis.
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