What are Gallstones?

Gallstones are the result of a buildup of various chemicals in the body. They form in the gallbladder and can vary in size. Some can be as large as golf balls while others may only be the size of a single sand grain. They can be caused by excessive cholesterol and bile secretions.

The symptoms of gallstones vary from person to person and depend on a number of factors. The first is the size of the stones. A person can have numerous small sized stones and never experience any other noticeable symptoms. Larger sized stones can lead to other symptoms including nausea, vomiting, back pain, and a sharp stabbing pain in the abdomen area. Symptoms can be similar to kidney stones, especially if the stone has become loose from the gallbladder wall. If you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis you may have gallstones. Symptoms can appear at anytime but mostly in the evening after a big meal. You may feel bloated as well as have heartburn and gas.

If you consume foods that are high in cholesterol you are increasing your risk for gallstones. Foods that are high in both saturated and trans fats contain high levels of bad cholesterol. These foods should be only eaten once every two to three weeks. Other things that can increase the risk for this aliment include being over 40, being obese or overweight. In females the risk can be higher right before entering menopause.

There are preventive measures that can be taken, like following a low cholesterol diet. If you are overweight you should exercise on a regular basis to reduce you risks. Other types can still form as a result of hereditary.

Even after you have been diagnosed and treated for gallstones, your run the risk of having repeat episodes. It is possible for the body to naturally pass small stones without ever really noticing there is a problem. For the larger stones where symptoms are evident there are medications available that break up the larger stones into smaller ones so that the body can pass these naturally. In certain cases the only treatment may be surgery to remove large stones that cannot be broken up.

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