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Gallstones (cont.)

Gallstones and Diet

The role of diet in the formation of gallstones is not clear.

  • We do know that anything that increases the level of cholesterol in the blood increases the risk of gallstones.
  • It is reasonable to assume that a diet with large amounts of cholesterol and other fats increases the risk of gallstones, but it is also important to remember that the amount of cholesterol in your bile has no relationship to your blood cholesterol.
  • Loosing weight rapidly seems to increase the risk of gallstones and so does skipping meals.
  • Obesity is a risk factor for gallstones.
  • Eating a fatty or greasy meal can precipitate the symptoms of gallstones.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/6/2014

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