Dangers Of Too Much Iron In Blood  

Iron is a vital mineral essential for transportation of oxygen, healing, growth, energy production and immunity. While too less from the recommended levels causes disorders like anemia, too much iron is also regarded harmful. Richard Stevens, who is a cancer epidemiologist, at the University of Connecticut Health Center has studied and published work related to potential health risks due to excessively high levels of iron in our body.

 

Iron in our body is mostly found in the blood. This assists in production of red blood cells. These cells contain hemoglobin which assists in oxygen transportation. When iron deficiency occurs, the hemoglobin count falls and causes anemia which has symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath and paleness. This condition is particularly dangerous for pregnant women. If the level of iron is above normal recommended ones, the result can be severe or fatal in case of people who might be unable to absorb this mineral properly.

Women post-menopause and men in North European countries are at a higher risk of hemochromatosis. This is a condition caused by genetic mutations commonly found in people in whom the iron gets absorbed more than required by organs like pancreas and liver.

Hemochromatosis can lead to other disorders like diabetes, arthritis, cirrhosis, impotence and certain types of heart ailments or cancer. The damage caused due to this condition is usually irreversible unless it is detected in the early stages. The affected individuals will require a change in their diet like reduction of red meat consumption and alcohol. An age-old treatment called blood-letting can help in bringing the iron level in the blood back to normal.

The symptoms associated with hemochromatosis, like ache in joints, fatigue, recurring headaches in women or sexual dysfunction in men are often similar to those of other disorders and hence get misunderstood. A bronze coloration of the skin is a specific symptom, but this does not necessarily occur. The type and number of people suffering the risk of this disorder needs to be ascertained. The risk associated with different levels of elevation of iron count is also not clear.

Most people susceptible to this disorder are those who have genetic mutations which make them prone. It has been estimated that one in every 250 people with ancestry from North Europe has 2 copies of this mutation. But it is also true that many people having this mutation do not develop this condition.

The chances of rise in iron level increases with age. This in turn increases the risks of cancer since iron is carcinogenic.

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Nutrition :

• Calcium
• Folic Acid
• Iron

Health Effects Of Iron In Drinking Water      Water in its purest forms does not have any taste. However, it is naturally a solvent and therefore absorbs most minerals. Iron, on the other hand is present in abundance in the earth and is also soluble in water. Drinking water with high content of iron gives an unappealing metallic aftertaste. Iron is not considered a health hazard. In fact it is an important element for the human body. Some amount of iron in drinking water may help to ward off anemia and exhaustion. More..

 


 

 

 
   
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