Did you know: your risk of developing gallstones or gallbladder disease is increased if you are overweight or suffer from obesity?
It’s true; obesity, especially in women, is positively linked with gallbladder disease, but avoiding such a condition is not as easy as rapidly losing weight. In fact, rapid weight loss may put you at greater risk for the same conditions.
Confusing, we know!
So, what is the solution to becoming healthier and avoiding gallbladder complications? Let’s learn more to find out:
What does your gallbladder do?
You may know someone who has had his or her gallbladder removed, and a common question asked because of how popular this procedure has become is why do we need our gallbladder?
Your gallbladder is responsible for storing bile that is used in digestion by the small intestine. While it is not being used, the gallbladder is a reservoir for this bile that breaks down fats and helps to drain waste from the liver. It is a important structure, but when stones are developed one of the only measures for treatment is completely removing the gallbladder.
How do gallstones form?
Gallstones can be formed by a number of different imbalances in your bile, the most notable being excess cholesterol. This high cholesterol concentration is typically influenced by obesity, which increases the levels of cholesterol throughout your body. High cholesterol stores in your gallbladder form into stones, which are difficult to remove except by gallbladder surgery.
How can I lose weight while keeping my gallbladder safe?
Rapid weight loss (whether it be by diet or surgical procedure) may itself cause gallstones.
In order to combat your obesity while reducing your risk of forming gallstones, it is important to develop a weight loss plan that is natural, gradual and promotes a lifestyle change rather than “yo-yo dieting”. Your best results are always seen long-term when you modify your eating habits and include daily exercise in your routine.
If you are already suffering from gallstones or think you may be at risk for gallbladder disease, we are here to help you. Call Coastal Plains Surgical Care today to learn more about weight loss and gallbladder disease, or to schedule a treatment that can kick start your fat reduction or cholecystectomy if necessary. Dr. Schlotter has the experience and expertise to help you find a solution to your current ailments and help you live your happiest, healthiest life.
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