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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)

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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What can I do daily to prevent gallstones?

What can I do daily to prevent gallstones?

Inherited problem: Congenital error of metabolism that you are born with. Bit every thing can be treated by diet ...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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If I take lysine daily will I form gallstones? How can I prevent gall stones?

Prevention: You can lower your risk by modifying a few behaviors, although extensive research is limited. Drinking coffee, eating vegetable and nut proteins, consuming poly/mono unsaturated fats, vitamin C and "statin" use have all been associated with decreased incidence. I have not seen lysine as a risk factor for gallstones, but it may help with anxiety. ...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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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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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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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