While many of us worry about being deficient in iron, we also don’t know much about the opposite condition of having too much iron in our system. Haemochromatosis is an iron overload that affects 1 in 200 Australians.
So, having an overload of iron will not make us feel like the formidable cartoon character Popeye. Instead, a person with haemochromatosis may feel fatigued, and could be experiencing joint pains and abdominal pain.
But wait, the treatment isn’t that daunting (unless you don’t like blood and needles). Donating blood helps treat haemochromatosis as it lowers iron levels.
Tim Brunero spoke to the President of Haemochromatosis Australia, Ben Marris about haemochromatosis and the upcoming Haemochromatosis Awareness Week (13 – 19 August 2012).
Producer: Jess Hand