Preventing Gallstones: Lose Weight, But Eat Some Fat


BILE ducts -- Diseases
BILE salts

Abstract:This article presents answers related to a query of preventing gallstones. It's smart to think about prevention, because estimated 20 million Americans either have gallstones or have had their gallbladders removed. Older women who are overweight are most at risk. And yet most people who have gallstones, solid clumps made mostly of cholesterol. The gallbladder is a small sac located on the right side of the abdomen under the ribcage. It is connected to the liver and the small intestine by ducts. The gallbladder's purpose is to store and release bile, a thick mixture of cholesterol, bile salts and pigments produced by the liver to aid digestion.

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