Iron overload disorder
Symptoms of haemochromatosis usually begin between the ages of30 and 60, although they can occasionally occur earlier.
The symptomstend to develop earlier in men than inwomen.Women often don't experience problems until after the Testosterone deficiency (hypogonadism) .
Sometimes there are no symptoms and the condition is only found during a blood test .
Initial symptoms of haemochromatosis caninclude:
These symptoms can have many different causes and may sometimes just be put down to getting older.
As the condition progresses, it can also cause problems such as:
These problems areoftencaused by complications of haemochromatosis that can occur if the condition isn't treated early on.
See your GP if you have:
Talk to your GP about whether you should have blood tests to check for haemochromatosis.
Find out about haemochromatosis, an inherited condition in which iron levels in the body slowly build up over many years.
Find out about the main symptoms of haemochromatosis and when to get medical advice.
Find out why haemochromatosis occurs and how it's passed on through families.
Find out who should get tested for haemochromatosis and how the condition is diagnosed.
Find out about the main treatments for haemochromatosis, including whether you should make any changes to your diet.
Find out about the further problems that can occur if haemochromatosis isn't diagnosed and treated early on.