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Hemochromatosis-The Celtic Curse

Written on:August 31, 2011
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A few months ago a facebook friend of mine posted a link to The Iron Disorders Institute www.irondisorders.org/  in regards to a disorder called hemochromatosis.  I followed the link to find a very interesting disorder that I had never heard of before.  Being of Irish heritage I was surprised to read it is also sometimes called the celtic curse! It has this nickname due to the ovious, it is more common among celtic peoples.  This is not to say that others do not suffer from it too.  But it seems people of Scottish, Irish and Welsh heritage seem to have it at a much higher rate.   

Another surprising fact, the symptoms. A lot of them are those same old symptoms that seem to come up over and over again when people are suffering from undiagnosed illnesses.  So naturally this led me to think I should write something about it here. 

I have added links to some very helpful sites regarding this disorder as well as listing below the symptoms associated with Hemochromatosis.  It you are suffering from these symptoms and have not been able to get a diagnosesis this might be a new place to look and then discuss with your doctor.

  • chronic fatigue
  • joint pain
  • abdominal pain
  • diabetes mellitus
  • irregular heart beat (arrhythmia)
  • congestive heart failure
  • (early death by heart attack)
  • skin color changes (bronze, ashen-gray green)
  • women: period is irregular or stops
  • apathy: loss of interest in sex
  • osteoporosis
  • osteoarthritis
  • hair loss
  • enlarged liver or spleen
  • impotence
  • infertility
  • hypogonadism
  • hypothyroidism
  • depression
  • mood swings  
  • adrenal function problems
  • early onset neurodegenerative disease
  • elevated blood sugar
  • elevated liver enzymes
  • elevated iron (serum iron, serum ferritin)

Just one more direction to look into.

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