Diet and Physical Activity Increase Gallstone Risk

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January 02, 2008 | 8,925 views

Low levels of physical activity and diets high in animal fat and refined sugar that lack fiber and vegetable fat are risk factors for gallstone formation. The researchers report that the body mass index and intake of refined sugars and saturated fat were directly associated with a risk of gallstone formation. In contrast, physical activity, dietary monounsaturated fats, dietary cholesterol, and dietary fibers from cellulose were inversely associated with risk of gallstone formation.

Am J Clin Nutr January 1999;69:120-126.

COMMENT: Surgeons remove nearly ONE MILLION gallbladders per year. Nearly every single one of these could have been prevented. The diet I mention in the above comment, as this study suggests, is an important foundational treatment. However, many people with excellent diets will still have problems. As I mentioned last week, the amino acid taurine and whole beet concentrates tend to thin the bile in the gallbladder. This thins the sludge and allows it to flow and exit the gallbladder so it can perform its main function which is to emulsify fats so they can be absorbed. Biotics is a supplement company generally only available in physician’s offices. Their excellent product that has these nutrients is Beta TCP. If someone already has their gallbladder removed one can use their product with bile salts called Beta Plus. If you or someone you know has had their gallbladder removed, it will be important to take some form of bile salts with EVERY meal for the rest of your life. Failure to do this will contribute significantly to the development of chronic disease through fat malabsorption and its secondary disruption of prostaglandin balance.