As is the case with moral values and preference for sports teams, you can also get liver problems from your parents. They come in a lot of different forms, and rather than going into detail about all of them, here are brief explanations about a couple of them.
- Gilbert's Disease
Pronounced "Gill-beartz," this is a benign disease found in 5 percent of the population when people can't metabolize bilirubin normally. The main symptom—mild jaundice—most often appears after exertion, stress, fasting and infections.
This is a common genetic disorder present in about 1 in 250 of us, and in the partial form in 1 in 25. It causes people to accumulate and overload on iron. Eventually, that iron overload can damage organs such as the pancreas, liver and heart, which can result in diabetes or liver or heart failure. If you suffer from joint disease, severe fatigue, heart disease, impotence or diabetes, it's worth checking what are called your transferrin levels to determine the levels of iron in your blood. That can let you know if you have the disease or may be a carrier.