I recently learned that I have a mild level of hypothyroidism. As a 64 year old male with only few typical symptoms that may possibly be attributed to the condition I was surprised. I wonder if the fact that I also have hemochromatosis may be a factor that caused my slightly low thyroid level. I have scanned the literature quickly, and found the possibility of a connection between hypothyroidism and hemochromatosis, but nothing definitive. It seems as if the studies sugguest that there MAY be some statistical significance in mutual occurances of these two conditions, but no clear causal links. Maybe the studies that I looked at are not particularly recent. Does anyone have further, hopefully more definitive info about this topic?
I too have hypothyroidism and the genetic single gene C282Y, so I am a carrier of Hemochromatosis, however, I have symptoms of Hemochromatosis because i have high iron. Have you learned any new information the connnection?
What I read said that the iron could be storing in the pituitary gland or the iron could be storing in your thyroid gland, and both can cause you to have secondary hypothyroidism.
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I have hemochromatosis too--along with hep c,celiac,fibromyalgia,and recently hypothyroidism-I cannot take those awful pills-synthoid or the armour. I didnt kno hemo could cause hypothyroidism--Is their a test to find out if it is iron build up--? I dont kno what is coming from what anymore--the virus--or the genetic.I kno I was going without nutrients because of the celiac--so could that have thrown me into low thyroid?--I was living on cereal--wheat no less--the very thing I am intolerant of--Alternative to synthroid or armour?? Neverending it seems. I turned 60 this month--Id like to improve the quality of my life--but at thsi rate--all I want to do is lay in bed --or sleep--so tired--I guess Im not much help--but you arent alone!!!
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According to the December 2007 issue of "Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews," your pituitary is more sensitive to iron toxicity than many other organs and is more readily injured by conditions causing iron overload. Therefore, hypothyroidism due to iron-induced pituitary damage is relatively common in patients with these disorders. Excess iron is toxic to your pituitary gland, which regulates your thyroid function. Pituitary injury contributes to low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, in individuals with iron overload.
I hope this helps you, as i'm just starting my journey I just self diagnosed myself with Hereditary Hemochromatosis by getting my own labs done by: https://www.directlabs.com/OrderTests/tabid/55/language/en-US/Default.aspx
I've def got HH with high Iron and Transferrin, plus I ordered a HFE Genetic Test and that came back positive as well, then I checked my TSH levels and they are high as well meaning Hypothyroidism, So from everything i've research so far it seems that their is a real link between the Hemochromatosis, Pituitary & Thyroid Gland.
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