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Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of hemochromatosis develop at an earlier age in men than in women, because until the onset of menopause, women lose iron through menstruation, which compensates for an inherited tendency to accumulate iron. It is important to note, however, that some people do not experience any symptoms.

Common symptoms of the disease include:

  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of energy
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Heart problems

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.