Women are 3 times more likely to develop gallstones than men.

Gallstones are crystallized deposits of digestive fluid that form in the gallbladder.

Major risk factors: Obesity, diabetes.

Rapid weight loss: As the liver metabolizes fat from weight loss, it secretes more bile, which can form a gallstone.

Gallstones are associated with a significantly increased risk of gallbladder and liver cancer. One study found that 75% of patients with gallbladder cancer also had gallstones.

Important for gallstone prevention…

Avoid the low fat, high carb diet.

Over 50,000 of men between ages 40 and 75 were surveyed every 2 years for 12 years, including collecting data on diet and incidence of gallstones.  Results: Highest carb intake was associated with a 59% increased risk of gallstones versus low carb intake.

Looking at starch intake only, high starch intake was associated with a 43% increased risk of gallstones versus low starch intake.

High carb intake stimulates the liver to produce cholesterol, raises inflammatory triglycerides, and reduces HDL cholesterol –all factors that can play a role in gallstone formation.

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Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.

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