Hemochromatosis is a condition that causes an overproduction of iron in the body, with affected individuals absorbing up to four times the iron that healthy people absorb. Over time, the accumulated iron can cause damage to joints, organs, and other parts of the body. If left untreated, hemochromatosis can even be fatal. Because the body cannot get rid of excess iron, it is important to receive medical treatment for this condition.
Hemochromatosis is notorious for its pernicious effects on joint health. The joints of the hands, hips, knees, and ankles are the most likely to be affected, though other areas can also be affected. Because the iron levels in the blood increase without control, they build up over time in the joints, causing them to deteriorate gradually. If left untreated, the damage may be irreversible. It may help to perform daily stretching exercises to improve joint motion. Another option is to take over-the-counter medication to reduce pain.
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