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Hemochromatosis, do not smoke or drink. Is it fair to be not allowed employment in military?

I am a member of the military and feel it is unjust to make me undeployable due to the fact I have haemachromatosis. I am also a wildland firefighter which requires me to work at high altitudes and stay in great shape. I don t drink or smoke , and have to get my blood work done for maint. about 1 time every 6 months. Not sure if there are any resourses out there to help me or not but they are treating me like I could tip over from a stroke or heart attack at any moment.
Asked On : Sat, 15 Dec 2012
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Hello and welcome to HCM,
Hemachromatosis has to be managed by blood transfusion and chelation therapy for iron overload.
However, the vital organs are at a risk of iron deposition and permanent damage.
The most adverse effects of iron deposition are on heart.
The chronic deposition of iron can lead to cardiac failure.
Proper management can slow down the process of iron deposition and hence slow down the damage.
However, job profile like defense forces require optimal fitness and, thus hemachromatosis is a risk factor when crucial jobs are considered.
Stay in touch with your hematologist for proper management and try to stay at a place wherein these facilities are easily available.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja p Wahal
Answered: Sun, 18 Aug 2013
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