Iron infusions are becoming increasingly popular for treatment of fatigue but did you know that you can have too much iron? Although iron deficiency can contribute to feelings of fatigue, not all fatigue is due to iron deficiency and sometimes an iron infusion can make matters worse in susceptible individuals. An example where iron infusion can be a problem is if an individual has haemochromatosis.

Haemochromatosis is a genetic condition where one is susceptible to absorb and store much higher levels of iron and this can increase inflammation and other issues in the body. Paradoxically, it is possible to be iron deficient and have hemochromatosis so proper diagnosis and delicate management is required to avoid iron overload and feeling of fatigue. It’s also worth noting that sometimes iron is not to blame and we need to keep looking for the answer, despite iron being the easy scapegoat.

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