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Unmasking Iron Overload: Menopause’s Hidden Challenge

Iron plays a crucial role in the body, as it is essential for the production of red blood cells and the transportation of oxygen. Without its sufficiency, individuals may experience fatigue, weakness, and other symptoms associated with anemia.

In today’s eye-opening episode, I delve deep into this element’s intricacies with the insightful Dr. Christy Sutton, a passionate advocate for understanding the complexities of this mineral in our bodies. Beyond the casual act of blood donation, we unravel its profound impact on hormone levels and its significance during the menopausal journey. Get ready for a practical exploration of iron deficiency as Dr. Christy shares personal and family struggles with Crohn’s, Celiac disease, and Hemochromatosis, shedding light on the lesser-known aspects of this vital element in our bodies. 

Dr. Christy also breaks down the importance of comprehensive Iron Panel Testing, including Ferritin, Serum Iron, UIBC, TIBC, and Iron Saturation Levels, revealing how these tests can be a game-changer in understanding and managing iron levels. Our conversation extends to a multi-faceted approach for those diagnosed with Hemochromatosis, encompassing blood removal, dietary adjustments, and strategic supplementation, such as Curcumin. Learn why proper monitoring is crucial, especially for women in the midst of menopause, and discover actionable steps to take control of your iron levels and overall well-being.

Dr. Christy’s wisdom serves as a stark reminder that our genetic and health profiles hold the key to wellness. As we navigate the complexities of menopause, her upcoming workshop and insightful book, “The Iron Curse,” promise to empower individuals by imparting knowledge that goes beyond the conventional understanding of this vital element and its impact on our health. Don’t miss this episode that could be the turning point in your journey towards mastering menopause and achieving optimal health.


Key Takeaways:

[00:02:06] Dr. Christy Sutton’s health journey.

[00:04:15] Hemochromatosis and misdiagnosis.

[00:08:11] High iron and health issues.

[00:09:36] The epidemic of undiagnosed high iron.

[00:16:23] Iron’s impact on hormone balance.

[00:17:09] The importance of iron testing.

[00:19:39] Iron deficiency and genetics.

[00:22:05] Identifying hemochromatosis genes.

[00:24:09] Thickening of the blood.

[00:28:21] Testosterone and cardiovascular risks.

[00:29:14] Treatment approaches for high iron.

[00:32:18] The Irish curse.

[00:35:52] Iron absorption in different diets.

[00:39:41] Difficulty accessing medical care.

[00:40:34] Resources and workshops information.


Memorable Quotes

“Do you really want to wait until your health is ruined to diagnose something that you could have diagnosed decades before and prevented and, you know, increased your longevity and quality of life?” – Dr. Christy Sutton

“The idea that people are just like, oh, I’m gonna go donate blood, I think that’s a flawed idea. I think removing blood is a medical procedure. The fact that we’ve kind of made it this nonchalant thing, I think is not in the best interest of the individual that’s having the blood removed, because that’s a medical procedure. It could be therapeutic and helpful, it could also be detrimental to one’s health.” – Dr. Christy Sutton


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