It seems that one in six Irish people are simply carriers for hemachromatosis. But just being a carrier causes too much iron accumulation, although at a slower rate than if you have two genetic mutations resulting in full-blown hemachromatosis.
the iron tests you should get:
Serum iron. This test measures the amount of iron in your blood. The level of iron in your blood may be normal even if the total amount of iron in your body is low. For this reason, other iron tests also are done.
Serum ferritin. Ferritin is a protein that helps store iron in your body. A measure of this protein helps your doctor find out how much of your body's stored iron has been used up.
Transferrin level, or total iron-binding capacity. Transferrin is a protein that carries iron in your blood. Total iron-binding capacity measures how much of the transferrin in your blood isn't carrying iron. If you have iron-deficiency anemia, you'll have a high level of transferrin that has no iron.
If you had hemochromatosis, it would have been picked up in your tests in 2000.
http://blogcritics.org/scitech/article/ ... cess-iron/
somewhere on that site she says she feels better with an iron level of 15!
Frankly, given that they say they always find thick blood in multiple sclerosis, what is the relationship between iron and MS? Reference ranges are ridiculous, they are so broad and they are usually determined when they test a bunch of sick people. When you have iron overload, it is my understanding that your glutathione gets used up trying to deal with the iron... anemic people have very high levels of glutathione which I find fascinating. I was anemic as a teenager, and I had tons and tons of energy, more energy than anybody I knew. So I don't know if we really understand whether iron overload or thick blood and cause restriction of the veins etc. it was so nice to hear this lab technician verify for me that too much iron causes this problem of thick blood which would definitely definitely have an impact on circulation.
http://www.irondisorders.org/tests-to-d ... on-levels/
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I will keep looking and try to find a better study done with humans.
Well for some reason today I was going back through Marie Warder's blog which is fascinating and she made the statement in there that hemoglobin is normal in hemochromatosis!
One possible involvement I had steered clear of was that of esophageal varices or enlarged veins in the throat. To me this was just too horrible to contemplate. I now consider that I erred in this omission from my booklet, for I now believe that to have shrunk from all mention of this complication was sheer cowardice. Could this have been simply another manifestation of my never-failing inclination towards euphemism? Since the time when one of my earliest correspondents had described to me her husband’s death as the result of a massive hemorrhage, I had added to my files several accounts that were similar. If I had written about them, I might have done much good.
In general the word “varices” refers to distended veins (from "varix," a word derived from the Latin word for “twisted”).
http://blogcritics.org/scitech/article/ ... is/page-3/
I have ordered her book from the library, this thing about the veins in the neck is just too weird. She says that happens after the liver is full of iron.
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