Haematologists is a common inherited disorder where the body absorbs too much iron from the diet affecting about 1 in 80 people.

Symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Joint pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Loss of libido
  • Bronzing of the skin
  • Mood swings and irritability.

 

Over time, if left untreated haemochromatosis can lead to:

  • Heart disease
  • Liver failure
  • Diabetes
  • Premature death

 

Haemochromatosis is diagnosed with two blood tests:

  • “Iron Studies”test to assess if there is iron overload and, if needed, 
  • Genetic test to confirm the diagnosis

If you have these symptoms, a family history of haemochromatosis or if a family member has died from liver disease you should visit your doctor to get screened.


Treatment is simple: by taking off excess blood (venesection / therapeutic phlebotomy) excess iron is removed from the system before it can do any damage. A balanced diet avoiding iron rich foods reduces the frequency that treatments are required.

GP Care’s haemochromatosis service is covered by all insurance providers

For more information please click here to book an appointment with one or our doctors or you may visit the Irish Haemochromatosis Association website.