Gaucher's Disease

The Effects and What Does it Mean For Me?

The Side Effects

  • Bone pain and fractures
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Easy bruising
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Enlarged liver
  • Lung disease
  • Seizures
  • Severe swelling at birth
  • Skin changes
  • Heart valve problems

What are the Chances

Every 1:50,000-100,000 are currently living with Gaucher's. It is extremely unlikely that you currently have the disease, but people with origins from Eastern and Central Europe have a higher chance of contracting it that any one else. Another factor that puts you at higher risk is if you have jewish heritage. The ratio for jewish families is currently 1:500-1,000

What Life Style Changes are Needed

This disorder can take a heavy toll on your physical health, so it is recommended that you stay away from intense labour and harsh workouts. Monthly visits to the doctor are now a mandatory to monitor more severe conditions that may developed due to this disease. Healthier eating is required to help sustain your red and white blood cell count too. These are all things that can help you cope with this disorder.