Haemochromatosis - Symptoms 

Symptoms of haemochromatosis 

Symptoms of haemochromatosis usually begin around the age of 40 in men and 50 in women, although they can sometimes occur much earlier in life.

Initial symptoms of haemochromatosis include:

As the condition progresses it can trigger additional symptoms such as:

  • loss of libido (sex drive) – both men and women can be affected
  • a change in skin colour such as looking bronzed or tanned
  • enlargement of the liver which may be noticeable to the touch – in turn this can cause abdominal pain and yellowing of your eyes and skin (jaundice)
  • a build-up of sugar in the blood (diabetes) which can cause symptoms such as feeling thirsty all the time, frequent passing of urine and weight loss
  • severe pain and stiffness in your joints –  finger joints are the most commonly affected
  • partial loss of body hair – pubic hair is most commonly affected
  • damage to the muscles of your heart (cardiomyopathy) which can cause chest pain, shortness of breath and swelling of your hands and feet

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