How can having excess iron in my blood cause osteoarthritis?

Having too much iron in the blood can damage joints. This is a condition called hemochromatosis, and it can lead to osteoarthritis.

Too much iron in the blood can also lead to other problems:
- arthritis
- diabetes
- heart problems
- increased risk for certain bacterial infections
- liver cirrhosis
- long-term abdominal pain
- testicular atrophy
- severe fatigue
- skin coloring changes
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Excess iron in your blood can cause a number of serious health problems, including osteoporosis (thin, brittle bones that break easily), osteopenia (bone thinning) and osteoarthritis (OA). If you already have OA, excess iron in the blood can make it worse.
Having excess iron in the blood can increase the risk of osteoarthritis (OA). Excessive iron in the blood is usually caused by a hereditary condition called hemochromatosis. The excess iron is deposited into the internal organs and joints, damaging both. The damage to the joints results in osteoarthritis.

Hemochromatosis is a potentially fatal condition that requires regular medical treatment. Once the disease is under control, the damage to the joints resulting in osteoarthritis can sometimes be repaired by surgery, according to one study.

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