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Find everything you need to know about Haemochromatosis including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.
Symptoms of haemochromatosis
The symptoms of haemochromatosis usually begin around the age of 40 in men and 50 in women, though they can sometimes occur much earlier in life
Causes of haemochromatosis
Haemochromatosis is caused by a genetic mutation that means the body absorbs more iron from food than it actually needs
Diagnosing haemochromatosis
Haemochromatosis is usually diagnosed through blood tests.
Treating haemochromatosis
The most widely used treatment for haemochromatosis is called phlebotomy. Phlebotomy involves removing iron-rich blood from the body.
Complications of haemochromatosis
Complications of haemochromatosis include heart failure, arthritis and liver disease
Living with haemochromatosis
Avoid drinking too much alcohol, especially with meals, as this can increase iron absorption and cause liver disease