What Is Gilbert's Disease?

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Our livers perform a number of important roles in our bodies. Its main function is to help remove toxins and impurities from our food and drink so they don’t end up flowing through our blood. Without it, our bodies will soon become too toxic for us, and we would die. Hence, it is important to take care of our livers the best we can.

The liver is prone to developing some problems though, some of which will even be with some people from birth. One of these is Gilbert’s syndrome, an inherited condition that affects the patient’s ability to process bilirubin.

1. Bilirubin

Our red blood cells have a limited life time and, when they do die, they are broken up by our livers. This process results in some waste products being produced, one of which is bilirubin. It is non-toxic and quite harmless to us, and it is usually passed harmlessly out of the body.

Bilirubin is yellow/brown in color and is found in the bile that is used to help break down fatty foods. The presence of this substance in bile, which is secreted into the small intestine, is what gives our stools their color. Some complications with the liver can mean that the body is unable to process bilirubin as well as it usually would.

Gilbert's Disease

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