What Are the Symptoms and Risk Factors of Hemochromatosis?

Q:
What are the symptoms and risk factors of hemochromatosis?

A:
Symptoms
Common symptoms of hemochromatosis in early stage include:

  • Joint pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness

Symptoms in later stage may include:

  • Diabetes
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Impotence
  • Heart failure
  • Liver failure

Risk factors
Factors that increase your risk of hemochromatosis include:

  • Having 2 copies of a mutated HFE gene
  • Family history
  • Northern European descent
  • Being men

 

 

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