Gallstone Prevention
Tuesday, July 7, 2009

There is no sure way to prevent gallstones. But you can reduce your risk of forming gallstones that can cause symptoms. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about gallstone prevention in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

In the United States alone, there are more than 436,000 operations each year to remove gallstones. The majority of surgeries are done with the laparoscope, and only a small percentage require open surgery.

Some people are more prone to developing gallstones. For a long time it has been believed that diet plays an important part in this process.

Studies presented in the American Journal of Gastroenterology suggest that diet, along with regular exercise, may help prevent the problems of gallbladder disease.

Researchers have found that women who consumed a diet higher in fiber had a lower incidence of developing gallstones and having surgery.  This was most true for the insoluble fibers such as those found in whole wheat and corn bran.

Women who consumed the highest amount of fiber reduced their risk of developing gallstones by 13 to 17 percent.

Lowering your risk of gallstones is another reason people should eat more high fiber food and less meat and carbohydrates.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.