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Hereditary hemochromatosis (he-moe-kroe-muh-TOE-sis) causes your body to take in too much iron from the foods you eat. Excess iron is stored in your organs, especially the liver, heart, and pancreas. Too much iron can lead to life-threatening diseases such as liver disease, heart problems, and diabetes.
The genes that cause hemochromatosis are inherited, but only a minority of people who have these genes develop serious problems. Hereditary hemochromatosis signs and symptoms usually appear in your 40s. Hemochromatosis Treatment in Hyderabad
Some people with hereditary hemochromatosis never have symptoms. The early signs and symptoms often overlap with those of other more common conditions.
Signs and symptoms can include:
- Joint pain
- stomach pain
- Loss of libido
- Normal cirrhosis and liver
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- Hereditary hemochromatosis is caused by a mutation in a gene that controls the amount of iron your body gets from the food you eat. These mutations are passed on from parents to children. This type of hemochromatosis is by far the most common. Hemochromatosis Treatment in Hyderabad
Factors that increase your risk of hereditary hemochromatosis include:
- Have 2 copies of a mutated HFE gene. It is the biggest risk factor for hereditary hemochromatosis.
- Family history. If you have a first-degree relative – a parent or sibling – with hemochromatosis, you are more likely to develop the disease.
- Ethnicity. People of northern European descent are more prone to hereditary hemochromatosis than people of other races. Hemochromatosis is less common in people of Black, Hispanic, and Asian descent.
- Your gender: Men are more likely than women to develop signs and symptoms of hemochromatosis at an earlier age. Because women lose iron during menstruation and pregnancy, they tend to store fewer minerals than men. After menopause or a hysterectomy, the risk for women increases.
Untreated hereditary hemochromatosis can lead to a number of complications, particularly in your joints and the organs that store excess iron – the liver, pancreas, and heart. Complications can be:
Liver problems. Cirrhosis – permanent scarring of the liver – is just one of the problems that can arise. Cirrhosis of the liver increases the risk of liver cancer and other life-threatening complications.
Diabetes. Damage to the pancreas can lead to diabetes. Hemochromatosis Treatment in Hyderabad