Iron overload is very dangerous so how can you go about lowering excess iron levels.
Iron overload is an extremely common condition left undiagnosed in over one million Americans. How do you recognise excess iron in the body? What symptoms can you expect to find in someone with iron overload? When iron overload is present how can you lower iron levels safely and reduce the risks of the many pathologies associated with iron overload. These are questions many people suspected of iron overload are asking. Many people with iron overload have haemochromatosis.
So what are the symptoms of iron overload? Some early symptoms of iron overload are non specific and include tiredness, weight loss and pains in the joints. As iron levels build up in the body more specific symptoms such as arthritis and shortness of breath may appear. In the latter stages of iron overload you may have more severe conditions such as diabetes, heart failure, liver cirrhosis and Hypopituitarism to name a few. Your skin may also appear bronze due to the presence of excess iron in the blood stream.
If you have been diagnosed as having iron overload then you will be interested to know some ways of lowering your blood iron levels. The best ways to lower your blood iron levels is therapeutic phlebotomy, which basically means you need to get bled and lose some blood. This is the number one way to lower blood iron levels so that they do not cause any of the permanent effects such as diabetes and liver disease. Phlebotomy has to be carried out on a regular basis so that serum iron levels remain low. Two other ways to lower high iron levels are to refrain from taking iron supplements and eating iron rich foods.
If you think you have a high iron level visit your doctor for a iron blood test. Iron overload is most common in middle aged men who have absorbed and accumulated excess iron all their life. It is extremely important to lower iron levels before any of the damaging effects of iron overload can occur.