Hereditary Haemochromatosis / Hemochromatosis C282y

Hereditary Haemochromatosis / Hemochromatosis C282y, 23andme DNA health check has potentially saved my life. After having my DNA analysed. I found out I have C282y x 2 copy’s an ancestral genetic mutation that may go back thousands of years. It was a total surprise to find out, then going to see my doctor who I thought might laugh and tell me the test is just a silly thing on the internet, but he didn’t. He took it very seriously and sent me for some blood tests to check my serum ferritin and transferin saturation levels.

Serum ferritin is how much iron is stored in your body, high levels are regarded as between 200 and 1000, my blood test results showed my serum ferritin +2800.

Transferin saturation is the iron levels flowing in your blood. A normal percentage would be around 33%, my blood test results were 98% transferrin saturation.

What is so amazing without doing the DNA test with 23 and me .com I would never had known anything about this.

My doctor made an appointment for me to go see a haematologist at my local hospital. It took 5 months for my first appointment. I spent those months reading as much online about hereditary haemochromotosis/hemochromatosis, a word I couldn’t even initially pronounce.

It has taken nearly two years to get my excessive iron stored in my body removed. It’s been a long journey.