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Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Bile Acids (Overview)

Bile acids are made in the liver and stored in the gall bladder. When you ingest a fatty meal, bile acids are released into the intestine to help digest fats and they are necessary for the absorption of certain fat soluble vitamins such as a, d, e and k.


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No gall bladder. Would taking " bile acids factors" by jarrow hurt if possibly have non-acid reflux? Aka bile reflux?

No gall bladder. Would taking " bile acids factors" by jarrow hurt if possibly have non-acid reflux? Aka bile reflux?

Wouldn't help: Bile reflux gastritis is caused by inflammation of stomach lining by alkaline bile (a digestive detergent). Antacid meds and acid reducers like Prilosec don't help this, because acid is not the issue. Other meds that coat the stomach and/or prevent back flow from small bowel into the stomach help. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
14 doctors shared insights

Bile Acids (Overview)

Bile acids are made in the liver and stored in the gall bladder. When you ingest a fatty meal, bile acids are released into the intestine to help digest fats and they are necessary for the absorption of certain fat soluble vitamins such as a, d, e and k.


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What is the definition or description of: bile acids?

What is the definition or description of: bile acids?

They digest fats: Bile acids are made in the liver and stored in the gall bladder. When you ingest a fatty meal, bile acids are released into the intestine to help digest fats and they are necessary for the absorption of certain fat soluble vitamins such as a, d, e and k. ...Read more

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What is the normal non-fasted range of bile acids ? How much does your bile acids rise after a meal?

What is the normal non-fasted range of bile acids ? How much does your bile acids rise after a meal?

Varies per lab but: A normal level is: Direct (also called conjugated) bilirubin: 0 to 0.3 mg/dL. Total bilirubin: 0.3 to 1.9 mg/dL ...Read more

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How can bacterial overgrowth, a common consequence of gastric syrgeries, lead to changes in bile acids that upset bile function?

How can bacterial overgrowth, a common consequence of gastric syrgeries, lead to changes in bile acids that upset bile function?

Bacterial overgrowth: When you have gastric surgery this stresses the bowel and can change the bacteria in the biofilm which lines the bowel. This different type of bacteria metabolizes the bile differently and this can upset the bodies ability to digest. ...Read more

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No gall bladder. Would taking " bile acids factors" by jarrow hurt if possibly have non-acid reflux? Aka bile reflux?

Wouldn't help: Bile reflux gastritis is caused by inflammation of stomach lining by alkaline bile (a digestive detergent). Antacid meds and acid reducers like Prilosec don't help this, because acid is not the issue. Other meds that coat the stomach and/or prevent back flow from small bowel into the stomach help. Discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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How can bacterial overgrowth , a common consequence of gastric surgeries , lead to changes in bile acids that upset bile function ?

How can bacterial overgrowth , a common consequence of gastric surgeries , lead to changes in bile acids that upset bile function ?

Dysbiosis possible: It is equally possible that the antibiotics you took made your normal flora out of balance. When you have major surgery you are given broad spectrum antibiotics to prevent infection. But the antibiotics kill the good bacteria is well as the bad bacteria, then they get out of balance. Sometimes if you take probiotics, that can restore the balance and make things better. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: serum bile acid elevated?

What is the definition or description of: serum bile acid elevated?

Maybe big trouble: We check for several nonspecific liver tests like ast, alt, alkphos, bili and one specific GGT test for alcoholism (and others). We worry when these increase 2x, 3x, 4x etc. Bile acid (bilirubin) can increase in a newborn and cause jaundice, which is temporary and treatable. In adults, an elevate bili can be ominous possible heralding hepatitis, disease, or blockage of some type. ...Read more

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Does eating before a bile acid blood test affect the results?

Does eating before a bile acid blood test affect the results?

Depends...: ...on the reasoning behind the test: e.g. non-fasted blood draw to rule out Gilbert's would alter results. ...Read more

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Coeliac D trying to gain weight,there is fat malabsorption, is there any way to ameliorate this other than bile acid sequester? Thank you any tips ?

Coeliac D trying to gain weight,there is fat malabsorption, is there any way to ameliorate this other than bile acid sequester? Thank you any tips ?

Time: If you have truly avoided all gluten, the small intestine will eventually heal up and start absorbing the nutrients within a few months at the latest. Just give it time. If you still fail to gain weight after 3 months, check with your GI again to see if there may be something else causing your weight loss issue. ...Read more

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What are the diseases associated with the presence of bile acid and acetone bodies in urine?

What are the diseases associated with the presence of bile acid and acetone bodies in urine?

Reflux,Atresia,DKA: Bile is a greenish golden color secretion, produced by the liver ; is stored in gallbladder.Bile leaves from gallbladder through bile duct and helps in absorption of fats. Bile duct may be obstructed, causing gallstones. Biliary atresia, biliary cirrhosis, biliary cholangitis, pancreatitis ; bile reflux are bile related conditions. Acetone bodies are ketone bodies and can cause dka, ketoacidosis. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


Bile (Definition)

Dark green to yellowish brown fluid, produced by the liver for digestion of fats ...Read more