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Gallstones Linked to Gut Circumference

Anyone who has experienced gallstones is familiar with the accompanying pain and discomfort. Gallstones are crystallized clumps of cholesterol that form in the gallbladder. After eating, one usually experiences symptoms such as indigestion, bloating and abdominal pain. A recent study found out that adult men:
  • with a 37-38 inch waist circumference had a 40% higher risk of getting gallstones
  • with a 39 inch waist circumference, had an 80% higher chance of getting gallstones and
  • with a waist circumference was 40 inches or more doubled their risk of getting gallstones.
The abdominal fat in the waist area is thought to be more metabolically active than fat distributed in the lower body areas. It releases greater amounts of substances like fatty acids and hormones.

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Member Comments

ROSSYFLOSSY
Gallstones are no joke! Report
I'm thin and I still had gallstones. Report
What about women? Why is this article only giving information for men? Report
I was a teenager when I had them and got them again when I was pregnant with my daughter. Four months after having her I had my gallbladder removed and now I wish that I still had it. So much problems when you don't have it to help with breaking down foods. Report
SUZENNA
I had sludge in my gallbladder, this would eventually lead to gallstones and I had a family history for gallstones so i elected to have my gallbladder removed. Report
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This website actually has USEFUL information! Report
HOLLI64
Weight has nothing to do with gallstones, according to my GI doctor. He says it's caused by your body not processing cholesterol properly, and not having enough fluid in your body to keep the cholesterol in your gallbladder from turning into stones. In fact, starvation diets can CAUSE gallstones.

No one in my family ever had gallstones, but I was the skinniest one, and I do. I also never drank enough water or any kind of fluid. I really don't get thirsty. Since I started drinking more water, I've passed a couple of small stones (painful, but I didn't die) and I'm feeling much better. Report
I had my gallbladder taken out when I just 23 but had symptoms as a teenager and I was not heavy at all. Report
When I was 19 and in really good shape. The smallest I have ever been. I had gall stones. I also had a Choledochal Cyst strangling my Common Bile Duct and Gall Bladder.
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This was very true for me. At my second highest weight of my life (when I began spark) I had my gall bladder out and have pics of it and he counted the stones....over FIFTY of them and the picture showed my gall bladder was FULL of stones! Report
What about women? Report
a friend of mine has problems with her gall bladder from time to time. Too bad this article doesn't include issues that women might have with their gall bladder Report
After passing 2 VERY painful stones, I gave up sodas and haven't had any since. I drink even more water now that I'm trying to lose weight. Report
Oddly enough most of the male relatives I have especially on my Dad's side fit in to the criteria but NOBODY had ever had gallstones, Report
Well it seems to me that when I complained about some article being only for women I was basically told to shut up. Funny that. Report
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Becky Hand
Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.
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