To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of gallstones we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors. We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow gallstones to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind gallstones consists of three steps:
|Cirrhosis Of The Liver||22%||Unlikely|
|A Weight Problem||3%||Ruled out|
|High LDL/HDL Ratio||3%||Ruled out|
Have you had a problem with gallstones?
Possible responses:→ My gallbladder has been removed / don't know
→ No, tests have confirmed none are present
→ Yes, but it/they were passed without surgery
→ Yes, but it/they only cause few/minor symptoms
→ Yes, they cause frequent/major symptoms
If cirrhosis prevents bile from reaching the gallbladder, a person may develop gallstones as a result.
Gallstone formation does not correlate with blood cholesterol levels, but persons with low HDL cholesterol (the so-called good cholesterol) levels or high triglyceride levels are at increased risk.
Obesity in both men and women increases the risk for gallstones. This may be a result of lower levels of bile salts relative to cholesterol in the bile causing a higher risk for cholesterol supersaturation and the formation of stones.