Posted by Garnet71 on January 17, 2009, at 21:48:04
In reply to Long Term SSRI Use Has Destabilzed Me, posted by NewQuestions on January 16, 2009, at 10:28:30
"The genetic issue: hemochromatosis
There is no dispute that some people do need to worry about iron overload: about one million Americans (mostly of northern European descent) have a hereditary disorder known as hemochromatosis, which causes them to absorb and store too much iron. When untreated, this can lead to weakness, headaches, darkening of skin color, sexual dysfunction, and joint pain, and eventually diabetes, arthritis, liver disease, or heart failure (but not CAD and heart attacks). People with hemochromatosis must have blood removed frequently to lower their iron levels, and they must avoid iron supplements.
If you have a family history of hemochromatosis or develop symptoms that may be related to it, a simple, inexpensive blood test can help diagnose it. Many doctors advise routine screening for hemochromatosis in middle age, especially for Caucasians."