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Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month

Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month

It’s Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month, and hemochromatosis is an inherited disorder where your body accumulates too much iron.

Patients usually don’t show serious signs until they’re over 40 years old, so it’s important to get screened in routine blood tests.

Hemochromatosis is especially common in those from European ancestry, affecting approximately 1 in 400 of them. Talk to your doctor about when you should be screened.

Blood Test Screenings

 

If you suffer from hemochromatosis, your body absorbs too much iron from your diet, as much as 4x too much, and since your body only has a few ways to get rid of iron, it accumulates over time in your liver, bones, joints, pancreas, and skin.

Getting Screened for Hemochromatosis

 

The extra iron in your system can cause organ damage, and iron deposits can darken your skin. It can also increase your risk of diabetes, heart attack, arthritis, and some cancers.

Risks of Hemochromatosis

 

The wrong level of iron in the brain has been tied to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.

Brain Disease and Hemochromatosis

 

Symptoms of hemochromatosis include chronic fatigue, joint pain, especially in your knuckles, memory fog, an irregular heartbeat, and abdominal pain.

Hemochromatosis Symptoms

 

Getting iron levels down with therapeutic blood removal, or phlebotomy, is the most common treatment. Regular blood donations and a hemochromatosis-friendly diet can help you lower iron levels.

Hemochromatosis Treatment
National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month

National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month 2016

This month is National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month. MS and its symptoms can isolate you. But building connections can help.

 

Steve Bettis, who was diagnosed with MS in 2006, experiences surfing for the first time in 10 years with virtual reality.

 

Dancer Amy Meisner, who was diagnosed with MS in 1997, shares the experience of dance with others who can’t dance anymore.

 

Find inspiring stories of people who have fought to overcome their MS and share your own story.

Want to help fight MS? There are so many ways to get involved, like the Bike MS fundraising cycling series.

 

Or the MuckRuckus.

 

Or Walk MS.

The Scope of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis Education Month

March is also Multiple Sclerosis Education Month, so as we wrapped the month up, we gave you info about the disease.

MS is a disease of the central nervous system, which interferes with communication between the brain and the body, and anyone can get it.

MS affects approximately 2.3 million people worldwide, but the disease isn’t consistently tracked and reported in the U.S.

Multiple Sclerosis and the Central Nervous System

 

MS causes pain, extreme fatigue, and hurts vision, balance, walking. memory, concentration, and mood, and can cause problems as serious as paralysis.

MS Symptoms and Effects

 

There are medications shown to slow MS, but no cure. There isn’t even a one course of diagnosis, like a lab test.

Diagnosis of MS

 

This is a pivotal time in MS that shows how far research has come. Learn more about the disease’s history.

Pivotal MS Research

 

Make a donation, find an event, and advocate for change and make a difference in the fight against MS.

Join the Fight Against MS

 

Are you currently fighting MS? Get support and help by finding a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Chapter near you.

Support for Those with MS