In the past, mainstream doctors have blamed Gilbert's Syndrome on my mild elevation of bilirubin. Gilbert's syndrome is a harmless genetic mutation and it affects the way that the liver processes bilirubin. There is no need for treatment, and the liver enzymes can be expected to remain slightly high and fluctuate in and out of mild jaundice levels from time to time. This sounds logical..........except, in my case neither parent nor my siblings have ever had increased bilirubin. I seem to be the only one.
Factors that increase the chances of your bilirubin going up are as follows:
- Lack of sleep
- Low calorie diet or fasting
- Strenuous exercise