Essay on The Effects Of Hemochromatosis And Its Effects On Society

1818 Words Sep 20th, 2015 null Page
Have you ever wondered why you are more susceptible to a cold than a classmate who may be of a different race? It may be a result of natural selection as it impacts people living in certain countries, making them able to withstand weather or deadly diseases in their environment. However, all good things come at a cost. In Survival of the Sickest, Dr. Sharon Moalem explains that certain diseases that might affect people later in life have actually guided human evolution, enabling the species to survive long enough to reproduce. However, in today 's societies, these diseases are viewed more often as a threat, rather than a positive factor due to advances in medicine and technology.
Hemochromatosis is a disease that affects most major body systems, both most importantly, the circulatory and digestive systems. In a healthy body, the body takes in iron from food, and puts all the excess in the waste products. In a body with hemochromatosis, the body thinks that it never has enough iron, and continues to absorb iron from food. This excess iron is distributed throughout the body; in bones, joints, and major organs, and in basically every cell except for a type of white blood cell called macrophages. Usually, the most affected organ is the liver, because it is the first organ to store iron. This disease can lead to liver failure, heart failure, diabetes, arthritis, infertility, psychiatric disorders, and cancer if the patient is not treated.
In 1865, Armand Trousseau first describes…

Related Documents