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What foods should be avoided by someone with gallstones?

What foods should be avoided by someone with gallstones?

Maybe nothing: If you're not having any symptoms, ( the vast majority of patients with gallstones do not, ) you do not need a special diet. Now, if you begin to have symptoms (bloating, dyspepsia, nausea, right upper quadrant or right upper back pain, ) then a lower fat diet may reduce your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Stone can occur in the gallbladder by concentration of bile with precipitation of crystals ...Read more


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My wife has gallstones . What foods should she avoid so not to irritate them and what medication is best to help the pain? Thank you .

Gallstones : Classically, a low fat diet is used, but in reality, trial and error will allow her to determine which foods make her symptoms worse. Many docs prescribe narcotics, but I have found Donnatal works well. Medications are not a long term solution however. Consider a consultation with a general surgeon to find out more. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods should I avoid if I have gallstones?

Please suggest what foods should I avoid if I have gallstones?

Fatty and: Fried foods. Sometimes diary bothers people too. But these are just temporary fixes. Definitive solution is cholecystectomy. You will feel a lot better after surgery. ...Read more

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I am suffering gallstone in the gallbladder any type of food should I avoid?

I am suffering gallstone in the gallbladder any type of food should I avoid?

Not really.: Just having gallstones does not mean that they are causing your pain. You need a hepato-biliary scan, with gb ejection fraction, correlated with symptoms. ...Read more

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What foods should I avoid if I have gallstones and a fatty liver?

What foods should I avoid if I have gallstones and a fatty liver?

Modify lifestyle: Fatty liver occurs thru delivery of dietary fat/fatty acids to liver, excess carbohydrate, impaired export of triglyceride from liver cells, & augmented trigylceride production. Fix it by controlling diabetes, obesity, cholesterol, & avoid alcohol. Gallstones (usually cholesterol) are less diet responsive, but low fiber, high refined carbohydrate diets are associated; vegetarians get fewer stones. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods to avoid if I have gallstones and a fatty liver?

Please suggest what foods to avoid if I have gallstones and a fatty liver?

Maybe nothing: If you're not having any symptoms, ( the vast majority of patients with gallstones do not, ) you do not need a special diet. Now, if you begin to have symptoms (bloating, dyspepsia, nausea, right upper quadrant or right upper back pain, ) then a lower fat diet may reduce your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Person diagnosed with gallstones, should she avoid spicy food, raw jalepenos, raw thin peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers?

Person diagnosed with gallstones, should she avoid spicy food, raw jalepenos, raw thin peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers?

Gallbladder diet: Low fat is better, avoid fried foods, the above is ok but drink lots of water, and if you are having gb attacks, get an opinion from a general surgeon, they specialize in gb problems. ...Read more

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Should I have a 1" gallstone removed if it causes tolerable discomfort to avoid a gb attack?

Should I have a 1" gallstone removed if it causes tolerable discomfort to avoid a gb attack?

Yes: Unless the risk of the operation is too high, the best time to remove your gallbladder is between attacks. Don't wait until you get sick. A 1" stone will not go away on its own. ...Read more

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What foods make you most likely to get gallstones?

What foods make you most likely to get gallstones?

Lifestyle & diet: Lifestyle & diet are important--10% incidence of gallstones in western world, much less in black africans & eastern world (unless adopt western diet). Highest with low serum hdl/high triglycerides (watch your fat intake!), higher age, sex (females 2x more), obesity, deficient fiber use. More stones also with cholesterol-lowering diets (high in unsaturated fats), Cholestyramine & Clofibrate use. ...Read more

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Which types of food can be eaten when you have gallstones?

Low fat: 10 gram low fat diet is recommended. Avoid excess dairy products, fried foods, and fast foods as they are higher in fat content. Fat is the stimulus to the gallbladder. ...Read more

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