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Gallstones Linked to Gut Circumference

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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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  • I had gallstones and gall bladder attacks (confirmed by ultrasound) but since I changed my diet and started exercising no more attacks. I was supposed to have the gall bladder taken out but it has been 2 years with no attacks so I'm happy that I didn't. I'm sure this won't work for eveyone but maybe it would for some other like myself. - 6/27/2014 12:22:21 PM
  • @SADDHU1: If you read my comment, you may have noticed the bit where I said that "my doctor told me."

    Reading is fundamental! ;) - 1/25/2014 12:33:15 PM
  • @Lilliputianna, gallstones are hardened cholesterol 90% of the time and hardened bilirubin the other 10% of the time. GALLSTONES ARE NEVER MADE OF CALCIUM!!! THAT IS KIDNEY STONES--- TOTALLY DIFFERENT. Please do not mislead. - 1/3/2014 12:19:37 PM
  • I recommend many natural remedies, but not a gallstone flush. If the gallstones are blocking the duct and causing extremely painful inflammation, get your gallbladder removed. I did and I am so glad! Gallstone flushes are NOT supported by science and there is zero evidence that they work. Get an ultrasound to confirm stones, then try to flush, and get another ultrasound and you will see that they haven't gone anywhere. There is a gallstone dissolving prescription medication for people who can not risk surgery, but it takes 6-12 mo to start working and does not even work that well. The standard of care is gallbladder removal. But, if gallstones do not cause symptoms, you can leave the gallbladder in most of the time. - 1/3/2014 12:15:07 PM
  • 1. Gallstones are more common in WOMEN than in men! So why no mention of it?
    2. Article title is backwards, should read "Gut Circumference Linked to Gallstones."
    3. I have never had a 30+ inch waist and I am 5'9", but you know what? I had loads of gallstones! I am so glad I had that pesky thing removed! Best decision ever. - 1/3/2014 12:09:06 PM
  • there are direct cleansings for the gallbladder itself, i dont know why this would be geared mainly towards men, because women have just as much of an issue as men do..

    I did a Gallbladder flush with the guidance of a homeopathic Dr. It works well, you expell them out of your body.. and you feel better after about a week and a couple days! so... those that dont think all natural doesnt work they are mistaken it works wonders.

    - 10/23/2013 11:23:45 AM
  • I had my gallbladder out when I was 28 years old, had a 28 inch waist, and was in the best health of my life. My doctor said it was because I had a mineral (calcium) rich diet and didn't eat enough fat to process that mineral. So, deposits of calcium started building up in my gall bladder. So much for a big waist causing my gall stones (which were HUGE by the way).

    Also, correlation is not causation. I really wish these "studies" SP posts would stress that.

    Lastly, I'm so glad MEN have this problem. There's a photo of a girl measuring herself a the top of the article...but the story is about MEN. Seriously, does anyone edit the copy on this site? - 2/2/2013 11:21:03 AM
  • This article was so slanted - nothing for women. I can probably think of ten women I know who have had attacks and/or gallbladders removed, and not thinking of a single man... I've had attacks while dieting but never reported to doctor because I didn't want surgury. I had read in various "older" herbal books etc old-fashioned remedy type places that applying olive oil on outside of my tummy, like a lotion (maybe 1 -2 teas max) would absorb through the skin and help emulsify the gallstones. (skips digestive system so it doesn't count as fat calories.). Any of the "bitter" types of veggies and herbs do give me relief too - that would include radishes like the woman who ate radish juice (earlier in the comments). - 4/29/2012 7:50:46 AM
  • I had my gall bladder out March 1st 2012. I am finding of course anything with fat in it gives me an upset stomach. Today I am going to buy some low fat cheese / cottage cheese and see if that helps any. - 3/6/2012 10:24:43 AM
  • Oddly, losing weight also increases chance of gallstones. I previously lost 60 pounds, and shortly after, had my Gall bladder removed. Dr. Said the weight loss aggravated it.

    - 12/7/2011 8:46:46 PM
  • Hi there everyone. I have been suffering with gallstones for more than a year now. Ive tried almost everything including the liver flush. Nothing worked for me. In the end i came in contact with an old fren of mine, to whom i complained about my gallbladder attacks. She told me that her mother and aunties had this same problem and none of them went for surgery and all of them were cured after drinking radish juice daily. But she did warn me that radish juice is quite potent. I was not sure if that would work for me as it sounded too simple n i thought it was just another hype like the liver flush. Anyway, the next morning, i made myself half a cup of juice and decided to use a straw to down the whole thing. I so regretted it. It literally felt like i was on fire. My stomach was burning. I felt as if smoke was about to come out of my nose and ears. It was terrible. I told myself no matter what i did, i was never going to drink radish juice again. So i called up my fren n told her about the incident and asked her again if the radish juice was rally the cur for her mum and her aunties. My fren sweared by it. Since she was a much trusted fren, i decided to give it a go again. The next day, i was more prepared. I bought some carrot juice and mixed it with radish juice and drank it. It was stil horrible and i still cudnt finish it. So i kept on adjusting the drink till there was only a quarter cup of radish juice and three quarter cup of carrot juice. So i have been doing this everyday. I was expecting some real results. Days passed and the pain continued. Then about one month later, the miracle happened. I suddenly realised that i had no pain for three days. U see, before, there was never a day without a gallbladder attack. Now, three days had passed without pain. So i decided to "test" my gallbladder. I went out and ate kfc. That was deepfried chicken with fries. Nothing happened. No pain. The next day, i had chicken rice. No pain. These are things that used to cause me pain. It's been a week since all my pains have gone away. Im hoping they ... - 11/8/2011 12:14:23 PM
  • I don't understand the logic behind the stats are you going to tell me that a 6' 6" man HAS to have a 36 inch waist -are they crazy???!!?? - 9/1/2011 10:05:23 PM
  • I have been reading alot about Gallstones lately looking for ways to avoid them having to be a problem. I've had a sister and our Mom both hospitalized: my sister stones passed painfully so and our Mom's gallbladder had to be removed.

    Thank you for this acticle, I will share with my daughter! - 9/1/2011 9:48:03 AM
  • While the article doesn't specifically mention women, some correlations could probably be made. However, the biggest risk factors that applied to me were family history (both parents and a sister), female, over 40, fertile and fair skinned. The only time my stomach circumference has been overly large was when I was pregnant. - 8/30/2011 7:24:14 AM
  • What about women? This is an incomplete article, considering that the audience is not all men... - 7/25/2011 9:45:24 AM

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