Understanding Gilbert Syndrome: ‘Bachelor’ Star Joey Graziadei Discusses Eye Discoloration

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Joey Graziadei Opens Up About Gilbert Syndrome

Joey Graziadei has finally shed light on the mystery surrounding his yellow eyes that left many fans curious. The star of "The Bachelor" Season 28 disclosed that he has Gilbert syndrome, a harmless liver condition known to affect eye color.

In an Instagram video posted on Thursday, he revealed that he was diagnosed with the condition during high school after falling ill for over a week. After undergoing blood work, multiple doctor visits, and a liver ultrasound, Joey Graziadei received his diagnosis.

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Joey Graziadei emphasized that despite the condition, he has been assured of his overall good health. Gilbert syndrome primarily impacts the whites of his eyes, resulting in a slight yellowish hue resembling jaundice. Joey Graziadei expressed his intention to prioritize his health moving forward, aiming to ensure he's in top form for the coming year.

The 28-year-old tennis instructor mentioned that he's in good health and his condition just means he needs to be more mindful of staying hydrated.

"It tends to flare up when I'm stressed or haven't slept well, which can be common on a TV show," he explained. "I'm grateful for everyone checking on me and making sure I'm alright. As far as I know, I'm doing as well as can be expected."

What is Gilbert syndrome?

Gilbert syndrome is a prevalent genetic condition that hinders the liver's ability to effectively process bilirubin, a byproduct of red blood cell breakdown.

This benign inherited disorder is typically stumbled upon incidentally during blood tests that show an elevation in bilirubin levels, as per the Mayo Clinic. Treatment is unnecessary for Gilbert syndrome.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, approximately 3% to 7% of Americans are affected by Gilbert's syndrome, with a higher prevalence in men than women. However, only one out of every three individuals with the condition typically shows any symptoms.

How does Gilbert syndrome affect eye color?

The Cleveland Clinic states that Gilbert's syndrome can occasionally lead to a yellowish tint in the skin and the whites of the eyes due to an excess buildup of bilirubin in the blood. However, this side effect is not harmful.

Gilbert syndrome symptoms

Symptoms of Gilbert syndrome include the "occasional yellowish tinge of the skin and the whites of the eyes," according to the Mayo Clinic.

Other common symptoms of the increase of bilirubin levels for people with Gilbert syndrome include:

  • Dehydration
  • Illness, like the cold or the flu
  • Fasting or low-calorie diet
  • Menstruation
  • Stress
  • Strenuous exercise

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