I caution people over iron and assuming they are lacking. I have too much iron and it's a genetic disorder. I have heard that 1 in 4 people carry the gene that causes hemochromotosis (I need to verify) and there is an assumption for women that they are lacking.
If you suspect, please get tested for iron and serum ferritin before taking iron supplements. If you have too much iron in your system, it becomes toxic. For people with hemochromotosis, the liver is not able to eliminate the excess iron and when iron starts overloading, your liver gets saturated and then the iron has to go elsewhere like your heart, kidneys, pancreas, etc. A very dangerous and potential life-threatening occurence.
Most doctors will tell you it is rare. But, I think and believe that's a fallacy. I think the problem lies with the results of the disorder like infertility, heart disease, chirrosis of the liver, diabetes. Those get treated but not the iron.
I just created a new group for those who have hemochromotosis or if you have family with it. If you have hemochromotosis or know anyone on sparkpeople with it, please direct them to this goup. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_
- 2/25/2009 12:24:43 PM