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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.
Men, take out the tape measure and do a quick circumference measurement of your waist. Shedding a few pounds and dropping a few inches can do wonders for your health, including your gallbladder.
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. Through her company, An Ounce of Prevention, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy to apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.
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