If you've been diagnosed with Gilbert's Syndrome, the most important thing you need to know is it's a mild liver disorder that doesn't typically cause serious health complications. The problem lies with the liver's inability to properly process bilirubin, which then causes bouts of jaundice. Anywhere from three to ten percent of people in the U.S. have Gilbert's Syndrome, and more men suffer from it than women.
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Understand that Gilbert's Syndrome is so mild that it's not typically treated medically. Even the jaundice resulting from the disorder is usually harmless, doesn't require medical treatment and tends to disappear on its own.
Talk to your doctor if your jaundice is bothersome. She may prescribe phenobarbital, a barbiturate medication, to help reduce bilirubin levels, so your jaundice diminishes.
Learn to manage situations that tend to cause bilirubin levels to rise, such as emotional stress and infectious illnesses. Take measures to avoid contracting colds and the flu. Educate yourself about stress management.
Follow a healthier diet by eating more raw and green leafy vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds, beetroot, artichoke, lecithin and turmeric, all foods that are healthy for your liver function.
Eat small regular meals, rather than less frequent large meals. Try not to skip meals.
Drink eight glasses of water every day.
Tips and warnings
- The breaking down of old red blood cells produces bilirubin. Your liver removes bilirubin from your blood and chemically changes it into a composition that is then excreted into bile. Then your bile digests your food.
- Don't drink too much alcohol and avoid liver toxic drugs.
- Try to avoid eating foods that are fatty, deep fried, refined or processed. Avoid coffee, tea, soft drinks and margarine made from hydrogenated damaged fats.