This week marks Haemochromatosis Awareness Week, a medical condition that is a common but often unknown inherited iron overload disorder.
Haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder in Australia, where people with the condition absorb too much iron in their diet. The extra iron is then stored in the body, where over a period of time this leads to iron overload.
Too much iron can cause tissue or organ damage if left undetected and untreated – and can potentially lead to premature death.
The most common symptoms include fatigue, weakness and joint pains (leading to osteoarthritis), as well as other symptoms such as abdominal pain, diabetes, liver disorders, discolouration or bronzing of the skin and cardiomyopathy.
If haemochromatosis is detected early before the occurrence, the condition can be easily treated.
This week public information events and sessions will be held across Australia, to raise awareness of the common condition.
On August 11, Haemochromatosis Awareness Week was launched at the Parramatta Town Hall, with president of Haemochromatosis Australia Ben Marris speaking about the importance of raising awareness and the activities and events that were to be held across the week.
If you have haemochromatosis or suspect you have the condition, ensure you are looking after your wellbeing by getting health insurance cover.
Private health insurance can help to make sure that your medical needs are being looked after, and that you are getting the appropriate care and treatment.