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17 Apr 2003

Gilbert Syndrome
My son was diagnosed with gilbert syndrome in 1994. Is there any special diet that he has to follow. If so please advise
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Eva
Gilbert syndrome is classified as a benign, but chronic disorder of bilirubin metabolism, due to a lack of an enzyme called glucoronyl transferase. If your son suffers from jaundice then it is important to keep in mind that the jaundice is exacerbated by fasting, and excessive alcohol ingestion. It would, therefore, be advisable that your son avoids fasting and restricts his alcohol intake (if this should apply). When the jaundice manifests with additional symptoms such as nausea, then he should follow a low-fat diet (click on 'Diet' and 'View old Diet & food site' and then on 'Low-fat foods'). If he experiences severe problems related to loss of appetite and nausea then it may be advisable for him to consult a clinical dietitian (phone (012) 998-5650 (mornings) to obtain the details of your nearest dietitian).
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