Understanding Gilbert’s Disease

Many of us are afraid of having any kinds of diseases. This is because of the very hectic and fast paced lifestyle that people have today. Because of the kind of lifestyle that most people have, one can easily be left behind because of a minor setback like the flu or a cold. There are a lot of viruses that can affect us in all of our surroundings. You could be sitting quietly in your garden when a mosquito suddenly bit you and because of that bite you got infected with malaria. This is just on of the hundreds of real life scenarios that have caused illness to people. But with a little carefulness and a lot of prevention, these situations can be easily avoided. But for other conditions that are hereditary like the Gilbert’s disease a person can only do so much.

Hereditary medical conditions can be described as a disaster waiting to happen or a bomb waiting to explode. This is because the nature of most hereditary conditions is benign and dormant. A person can go on half their life without them knowing that in a few years they could be suffering horribly. The healing process takes years and it takes a lot of patience and understanding between the families and friends.

The real key to understanding the condition is by understanding the syndrome itself and putting yourself to the pinnacle of caring for your loved one. People with Gilbert’s disease and other hereditary diseases rarely fully recover from their conditions and some relatives just give up on their family members. That’s the reason why people should be really up to the task of taking care of the afflicted person for almost the rest of their lives.

To better understand the effects and the Gilbert’s disease a person must know the kind of condition a person afflicted with the disease feels. Commonly Gilbert’s disease is a common disorder passed down through each generation of families that attacks the way bilirubin is processed by the liver and this offensive against the liver’s processing may also lead to called jaundice.

Other names that we can call it

In the field of medicine, Gildbert’s disease comes in many names. Some of which in include “Icterus intermittens juvenilis,” “low-grade chronic hyperbilirubinemia,” “familial non-hemolytic-non-obstructive jaundice,” “constitutional liver dysfunctions,” “unconjugated benign bilirubinemia” among others. Although the names of the condition vary, they are all believed to have the same effect and symptoms as Gilbert’s disease.

Unveiling its causes

Gilbert’s disease affects up to 10% of some Caucasian populations this means that for every one hundred people ten of them suffer from the disease. The causes of the condition are still a bit of a mystery, one thing that is for sure is that it is hereditary. Signs and symptoms include mild jaundice (this is the yellowing of skin and whites of eyes), and fatigue.

It is really a trying and hard syndrome to over come, some people takes years to notice that they have Gilbert’s disease, and when they do find out sometimes it’s too late to be treated. Even though Gilbert’s disease can change a person’s way of life the understanding and the commitment of the family should also be there. For those who might be suffering from this condition, it is best to consult a licensed physician before jumping to any conclusions or before taking in any form of treatment and medication.