|YELLOW EYES IN SICKLE CELL PATIENT|
Do you have yellow eyes? Do you often wonder why your eyes are yellow? Let’s see why sickle cell patients commonly have yellow eyes.
When bilirubin (a chemical produced by the liver) accumulates in the blood, the eyes begin to turn yellow. Yellow eyes (Jaundice) is a common ailment of sickle cell disease.
Sickle cells die faster than the liver can filter them because they don’t live long like normal red blood cells. Whereas a normal rbc lives for 120 days, sickle cell only live for 17-20 days. Due to the fast turn over of sickle cells, excess Bilirubin (a yellow compound formed during the breakdown of red blood cells) builds up in the blood because the liver cannot get rid of it fast enough and this makes the eyes turn yellow.
Yellow eyes (jaundice) does not have a definite cure, but it can be managed by;
• Drinking much water (to help with the excretion of bilirubin)
• Eating a healthy diet with fruits and vegetables.
• Eating regularly
• Reducing intake of processed food (to stop overworking the liver)
• Avoiding strenuous activities
• Regular checkup
• Avoid exposure to harsh weather conditions
Although there is limited research supporting the use of natural remedies to treat yellowing of the eyes, there are a few natural supplements that are recommended.
Resveratrol, Milk thistle and naringenin which is found in tomatoes and grapefruits are all very helpful to manage jaundice.
Thankfully I do not consistently suffer from yellowing of the eyes. In my case, once my eyes start turning yellow, it is a sign that I am getting more sickling and a crisis is headed my way so I need to start taking precautions.
What is your experience with jaundice and how do you manage it?