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Last updated January 15, 2016 (originally published March 23,  2008)

By Paul Andrews, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist


Cholesterol is responsible for over 80% of all
gallstones, the  
small, hard, pebble-like substances  which form in your
gallbladder.
Over 20 million people in the US have gallstones,
according to the third National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey.


Although genetics, gender and age seem to play a major role in
determining who gets gallstones, lifestyle choices also play a
major role. There are, for example, foods and diets which help
to prevent gallstones.

The major risk factors for gallstones give us clear clues as to
how to prevent them. Here are the main risk factors for
gallstones, as identified by medical research:



























Being Overweight.  A large clinical study showed that being
even moderately overweight increases the risk for developing
gallstones. The most likely reason is that the amount of bile
salts in bile is reduced, resulting in more cholesterol. Increased
cholesterol reduces gallbladder emptying. Obesity is a major
risk factor for gallstones, especially in women.

Diabetes.   People with diabetes generally have high levels of
fatty acids called triglycerides. These fatty acids may increase
the risk of gallstones.

Rollercoaster Yo-Yo Weight Loss or Gain.  As the body
metabolizes fat during prolonged fasting and rapid weight loss—
such as “crash diets”—the liver secretes extra cholesterol into
bile, which can cause gallstones. In addition, the gallbladder
does not empty properly. There is some evidence that yo-yo
dieting is a major risk factor for gallstones. Aim to lose wight
gradually, and keep it off.

Diet. Diets high in fat and cholesterol and low in fiber increase
the risk of gallstones due to increased cholesterol in the bile
and reduced gallbladder emptying.

You should avoid eating red meat. All red meat contains the
type of cholesterol which puts you at high risk for gallstones.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs. Drugs that lower cholesterol levels
in the blood actually increase the amount of cholesterol
secreted into bile. In turn, the risk of gallstones increases.

Foods That Lower Your Risk of Gallstones

The same diet and lifestyle that lowers your risk of developing
diabetes or being overweight helps to reduce your risk of
developing gallstones.  Active people who eat more vegetables
and avoid cholesterol-building fat such as fatty meats have a
significantly reduced risk of developing gallstones.

Here is a sensible
diet and exercise plan that can help you lose
weight at a moderate, healthy rate.  The
foods that reduce your
risk are the same foods that are heart-healthy.  In particular,
you should make sure to include
fiber in your diet to reduce
your risk of gallstones.



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