Bluebird Care is delighted to support this year's National Haemochromatosis Awareness Day which takes place on Thursday 6th June. Below are full details of the day and where you can find out more. We took part in the official launch photo shoot in Dublin yesterday and are delighted to share some photos with you.
Are You Pumping Too Much Iron?
National Haemochromatosis Awareness Day on 6th June Will Save Lives
A campaign to reduce the numbers of people dying unnecessarily from Haemochromatosis has been launched. Known as the ‘Celtic Mutation’, Ireland has the highest levels of the condition in the world.
Haemochromatosis is a genetic disorder where the body absorbs excessive iron from the diet and stores it in the body. The IHA is encouraging people who are suffering from symptoms such as chronic fatigue, joint pain, diabetes, irregular heartbeat, enlarged liver and loss of sex drive to visit their GP.
A simple blood test to check your iron status can confirm or rule out iron overload. The accumulated iron affects the liver, heart, pancreas, endocrine glands and joints, leading to impaired function of these organs and eventually to disease and organ failure. As many as one in 83 Irish people are predisposed to iron overload while one in five are carriers of the gene.
Professor Suzanne Norris, Consultant in Hepatology and Gastroenterology at St James’s Hospital says, ”Ill-health from Haemochromatosis and the development of serious complications such as cirrhosis can be prevented by simple treatment. Life expectancy in treated non-cirrhotic patients is normal.
Early diagnosis is therefore critical and Haemochromatosis is an ideal condition to consider for population screening in Ireland.”
A number of famous faces have rowed in behind the campaign. These include Luke Fitzgerald the well-known Irish and Leinster Rugby player, Dr Maurice Manning, Chancellor of NUI, Paul Harrington Eurovision Winner, Tom Doorley well known food critic, Sandra Murphy, Apprentice 2011-candidate, TV3 Midday Panellist and Cork businesswoman who is a carrier of the gene and Shauna Coyne, the recently crowned Miss Westmeath who is a Rose of Tralee finalist. Shauna’s Dad Sean has Haemochromatosis and Shauna is very committed to raising awareness of Haemochromatosis.
National Homecare company Bluebird Care have come on board to support Haemochromatosis Awareness Day by promoting it to their staff and clients in their offices in 23 counties.
There will be information stands in 32 Shopping centres. The full list of venues taking part in the National Haemochromatosis Awareness Day can be viewed on www. haemochromatosis-ir.com. To get involved or if you have any concerns about the condition you can call the IHA support group on 01-8735911.
List of Local Shopping Centres Where IHA Information Stands Will Be Present on 6th June: