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Haemochromatosis Awareness Day

Thu, 1 June 2017

Haemochromatosis Awareness Day

Haemochromatosis, or iron overload disorder, is a condition where the body retains too much iron. It is the most common genetic disease in Ireland with approximately 1 in 83 people predisposed to develop it.

There is an estimated 40,000 Irish people suffering from Haemochromatosis making it the country's most common hereditary disease.

Known as the 'Celtic Mutation', haemochromatosis  is a genetic disorder caused by an overload of iron in the body. It is especially prevalent among the Irish and other Celtic people with almost 1 in 83 people believed to have the condition and 1 in 5 of us actually carrying the gene.

The condition causes people to absorb excessive amounts of iron – which may in time lead to serious organ damage. If diagnosed in time and treated the person will have a normal life expectancy.

The condition causes people to absorb excessive amounts of iron – which may in time lead to serious organ damage. If diagnosed in time and treated the person will have a normal life expectancy.

Symptoms include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Adominal pain
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Skin pigmentation
  • Liver disorders
  • Impotence
  • Loss of sex drive

If you would like to find out more, shopping centres across the nation are holding information stands for Haemochromatosis Awareness Day today, Thursday June 1st 2017.

Dublin: Information will be available tomorrow at Blanchardstown Centre, Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dundrum Town Centre, Dun Laoghaire Tesco Shopping Centre, Frascati Shopping Centre, the Nutgrove Shopping Centre in Rathfarnham, Pavillions Shopping Centre in Swords, St Stephens Green Shopping Centre and the Swan Shopping Centre in Rathmines.

Cork: Douglas Court Shopping Centre, Mahon Point Shopping Centre and Wilton Shopping Centre.

Kilkenny: The Market Cross Shopping Centre the Tralee

Kerry: Manor West Shopping Centre.

Limerick: The Crescent Shopping Centre in Castlebar Hospital

Waterford: The Ardkeen and Waterford shopping centres.

For an information stand in a location near you, check out Irish Haemochromatosis Association.

Joining us this morning to tell us more about Haemochromatosis Awareness Day is Dr Stephen Stewart, a consultant hepatologist at the Mater Hospital in Dublin and three time Irish Olympian Niall O' Toole who suffers from haemochromatosis. 

Watch the full interview below:

 

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