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Can losing weight help with gallbladder attacks?

Can losing weight help with gallbladder attacks?

Not really: Eating a low fat diet certainly will minimize gallbladder attacks, and this certainly can lead to weigh loss. If you have symptomatic gallbladder disease, such as stones or dyskinesia, i recommend you seek a surgical opinion. Removing the gallbladder in this situation is safe, and the return to normalcy is quick. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Losing weight. Want to protect gallbladder. Had sand in gb before. Besides slow loss, are there foods or safe remedies to help gallblader?

Losing weight. Want to protect gallbladder. Had sand in gb before. Besides slow loss, are there foods or safe remedies to help gallblader?

Sand will grow : There is no way to get rid of the sand or sludge in the gallbladder. Although a medicine exists to help dissolve stones, it only works 50% of time and doesn't work well on multiple stones. Sand will likely grow w time to become multiple stones. Best overall management is well balanced diet with good control of fats and cholesterol. ...Read more

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If I had my gallbladder removed, should I be gaining or losing weight?

If I had my gallbladder removed, should I be gaining or losing weight?

Depends on you: After removal of gall bladder you no longer have pain tend to eat more and gain weight,.after surfer if you eat more will gain weight ,if you eat less will loose weight. ...Read more

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Will an infected gallbladder keep you from losing weight?

Will an infected gallbladder keep you from losing weight?

No: Gallbladder disease causes the opposite by interfering with eating. Patients with gallbladder disease and pain with eating, usually eat less and if anything, loose weight. ...Read more

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Gastro doc suggested a hida scan if more abdoml pain. If I have "sand" in my gallbladder, would I have a harder time losing weight & lowering cholest?

Gastro doc suggested a hida scan if more abdoml pain. If I have "sand" in my gallbladder, would I have a harder time losing weight & lowering cholest?

No: Although bile is involved in digesting fats, having gallbladder disease does not make one gain weight or have high cholesterol. In fact, if you have obstruction of bile flow you get diarrhea and weight loss. Those who are overweight do have a higher likelihood of developing gallbladder disease and there is also a genetic component. ...Read more

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9 weeks after gall bladder surgery and still no appetite, eating little. is this normal? have resumed normal activities but am weak, losing weight. marinol no help. next steps?

9 weeks after gall bladder surgery and still no appetite, eating little.  is this normal?  have resumed normal activities but am weak, losing weight.  marinol no help.  next steps?

Not typical: if gall bladder removed uneventfully and no stones left behind in the bile ducts or leak of bile after surgery, you should be improving. Follow up with your surgeon. Other problems can coincide with or cause gallbladder disease. One uncommon problem that can cause gallbladder problems as well as difficulty eating is hardening of the arteries to the gut and could be considered given your age. ...Read more

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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more