What are gallstones?
Gallstones are hard buildup in the gallbladder. When the gallstones are too big, it blocks a duct. The gallbladder swells and causes pain.
What are possible causes?
- Too much cholesterol in bile
- Too much bilirubin in bile
- Not enough bile salts
What are some symptoms?
Most people have no symptoms
- Skin and whites of eyes turn yellow (jaundice)
- Stomach pain
What to do to prevent gallstones?
- Choose a variety of fish, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables
- Eat less meat
- Limit fried foods and fatty foods
- Regular physical activity
- Consult a doctor or dietitian before making big changes
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