Health Tip: Iron Buildup Can Damage Organs

Symptoms of hemochromatosis include fatigue and joint pain

(HealthDay News) -- Hemochromatosis is a condition that causes the body to absorb too much iron from foods and vitamins. Over time, iron builds up in body tissues, which eventually can damage organs. Most often in the United States, hemochromatosis is caused by a genetic disorder.

Symptoms do not usually appear until adulthood, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sudden weight loss, a feeling of tiredness or weakness, and joint and abdominal pain are the most common symptoms of hemochromatosis.

The condition is treated by regularly drawing blood from the arm, to help rid the body of the extra iron. This should be done to prevent organ damage, the CDC says.

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