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Can I do something to prevent gallstones?

Can I do something to prevent gallstones?

Diet: While gallstone formation may be heavily influenced by factors you cannot control (such as heredity), diet remains a major contributor. Gallstones are rare in non-western countries; we believe that our high cholesterol, high fat (esp saturated ones!) diet is the cause. Ironically, rapid weight loss is a risk factor, so slow/steady dieting is best. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Gallstones are stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more


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Are there any herbal supplements that can prevent gallstones?

Are there any herbal supplements that can prevent gallstones?

Unfortunately, no: There are thousands of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical remedies. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... But not on real research because real research is hard to do). Herbal supplements have not been shown to prevent or treat gallstones. ...Read more

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Could gallstone issues prevent you from being a kidney donor?

Could gallstone issues prevent you from being a kidney donor?

No: Gallstones are very common in the gallbladder and just there presence alone would not require the gallbladder to be removed or prevent someone from being an organ donor. If the stones cause pain (biliary colic) or other problems such as infection (cholecystitis) then removing the gallbladder (laparoscopic cholecystectomy) will cure the problem and allow one to later donate safely. ...Read more

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Gallstones and white spots in stool. What can I do to prevent this?

Not much: Gallstones and "white spots" in the stool may or may not be related. Gallstones are a common condition in the human population and many times just happen for no reason at all. White spots in the stool should be evaluated by a complete GI (gastroenterology) exam. ...Read more

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Age 63, female, unable to eat, back pain and low fever after ercp to remove gallstone(1 day ago).What's your suggestion to prevent complications?Thanks

Age 63, female, unable to eat, back pain and low fever after ercp to remove gallstone(1 day ago).What's your suggestion to prevent complications?Thanks

Complications: Fever and pain after an ERCP may mean that a complication is already present. You should notify the endoscopist about your current symptoms. ...Read more

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What is best way to prevent kidney and gallbladder stones ? Does diet play a role ? Age ? Thanks for answer in advance

What is best way to prevent kidney and gallbladder stones ? Does diet play a role ? Age ? Thanks for answer in advance

Here are some ...: From what I could perceive in reviewing your profile, you have been haunted & terrified by almost every illness you might have read. It's impossible to be perfect and preventive for every thing. In reality, just do something within our control, that is, quality healthy lifestyle without overindulgence and obsession since every illness results from genetic strength - unchangeable + lifestyle - yes. ...Read more

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Gastric bypass patients are more likely to develop gallstones later on after surgery. How can this be prevented?

Gastric bypass patients are more likely to develop gallstones later on after surgery. How can this be prevented?

Cholecystectomy: Having your gallbladder removed can possibly decrease the incidence, but you can still develop gallstones in the bile ducts. Medication and diet adjustment can also help. Discuss this with your physician prior to gastric bypass. ...Read more

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I think that I may have gall stones. What can I do to prevent another attack?

I think that I may have gall stones. What can I do to prevent another attack?

You Think/See MD: What makes you think you have gall stones if you are getting symptoms of biliry colic and suspect gall stones, you need to consult your doctor, you will need an ultrasound exam to confirm your suspicion and if you have gall stones.You will have to go on low fat diet and you may need surgery or ERCP to get rid of the stones and than the diet to prevent recurrences. ...Read more

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Gall bladder question. What drinks, juices prevent gall stones?

Gall bladder question. What drinks, juices prevent gall stones?

The evidence says...: There is no evidence that anything helps prevent gall stones. However, if you avoid being overweight, avoid drinks high in sugar and fat, and avoid type 2 diabetes, it will help you avoid gall stones. ...Read more

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