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

Good need-to-know information, thanks! Report
I had gallstones 30 years ago while I was pregnant with my son......in my opinion the gallstone pain was worse then going through labor Report
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@ INGMARIE: I was wondering that myself. I have not had any issues, but my mother needed hers removed about 20 years ago. Report
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my husband had his gallbladder removed. It's quite painful Report
I had the Gall Bladder out--still have problems Report
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I am thin, and I had gallstones, and had to have my gallbladder removed. Report
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what about femails? i was a skinny female , finally had gallbladder removed ,after that I feel so much better. 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.