Haemochromatosis is an inherited disorder in which iron levels in the body slowly build up over many years

Symptoms include:

  • Chronic fatigue, weakness, lethargy

  • Abdominal pain; sometimes in the stomach region or the upper right hand side, sometimes diffuseArthritis; may affect any joint but particularly common in the knuckle and first joint of the first two fingers

  • Diabetes (late onset type)

  • Liver disorders; abnormal liver function tests, enlarged liver, cirrhosis
  • Sexual disorders; loss of sex drive, impotence in men, absent or scanty menstrual periods and early menopause in women, decrease in body hair
  • Cardiomyopathy; disease of the heart muscle (not to be confused with disease of the arteries of the heart)
  • Neurological/psychiatric disorders; impaired memory, mood swings, irritability, depression
  • Bronzing of the skin, or a permanent tan

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About Hemochromatosis

Haemochromatosis is an inherited disorder in which iron levels in the body slowly build up over many years

Symptoms include:

  • Chronic fatigue, weakness, lethargy

  • Abdominal pain; sometimes in the stomach region or the upper right hand side, sometimes diffuseArthritis; may affect any joint but particularly common in the knuckle and first joint of the first two fingers

  • Diabetes (late onset type)

  • Liver disorders; abnormal liver function tests, enlarged liver, cirrhosis
  • Sexual disorders; loss of sex drive, impotence in men, absent or scanty menstrual periods and early menopause in women, decrease in body hair
  • Cardiomyopathy; disease of the heart muscle (not to be confused with disease of the arteries of the heart)
  • Neurological/psychiatric disorders; impaired memory, mood swings, irritability, depression
  • Bronzing of the skin, or a permanent tan

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Hemochromatosis - Diet

Diet

HAEMOCHROMATOSIS
An Iron Overload Disorder - what about your diet

 

It is not possible to treat GH with a low iron diet. A nutritional natural diet is recommended - the graph on the right illustrates the iron content of a sample of foods, average weekly intake and the amount of iron removed in each treatment. We make the following recommendations:

+ Avoid vitamin supplements or tonics containing iron, and breakfast cereals heavily fortified with iron. Large doses of vitamin C should also be avoided, as it makes the process of depositing iron in some organs easier and enhances the absorption of iron from the diet.

+ Reduce intake of offal (liver, kidney etc.) and red meat. The rate of iron absorption from red meat is 20 to 30% whereas vegetables and grains have less iron and a 1 to 20% rate of absorption.

+ Minimise alcohol intake, particularly with meals, as it may increase iron absorption and it can also cause liver disease. Tea and all milk products taken with a meal reduce the amount of iron absorbed.


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