Sarah Keogh, Consultant Dietician, Eatwell.ie wrote and launched our new ‘Diet and Haemochromatosis’ guide, in conjunction with the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute (INDI).
Dr. Claire O’Brien, Head of Education at INDI, Margaret Mullett, Honourary Lifetime President and Brendan Keenan, voluntary Board member, IHA and Miriam Forde, Executive Director, IHA also attended the launch of ‘Diet and Haemochromatosis’ guide. The aim of this booklet is to help haemochromatosis patients and their families understand and research the foods that they can eat and limit the foods that might be harmful. This guide will also help patients look at their diet in a more informed way.
A healthy person normally absorbs 1-2mg of iron per day. People with haemochromatosis absorb more iron from their food (and from drink, for example iron fortified milk) than normal. This iron can build up in the body over time and can cause problems if it is not treated. Limiting some very high iron foods, especially haem iron, as well as foods that increase the absorption of iron can also help limit iron absorption in the body.
The guide will be very helpful and informative for patients, dieticians, nurses, GPs and other allied health professionals. Please find a pdf of the Diet and Haemochromatosis Guide here – https://haemochromatosis.ie/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Diet-Haemochromatosis-Guide-Feb-2023-4.pdf If you are a health professional, dietician or nutritionist and you would like copies of the diet booklet for your clients and patients, please email us, [email protected]