To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of gallbladder attacks 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 gallbladder attacks to develop?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind gallbladder attacks consists of three steps:
|High LDL/HDL Ratio||30%||Unlikely|
|Inadequate Fiber Intake||24%||Unlikely|
|Gallbladder Disease||5%||Ruled out|
|A Weight Problem||4%||Ruled out|
|Food Allergies||4%||Ruled out|
|Cirrhosis Of The Liver||4%||Ruled out|
|Excess Animal Fat Consumption||1%||Ruled out|
Have you suffered gallbladder attacks?
Possible responses:→ Never had one / don't know
→ Probably had one / minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
A 1968 study revealed that 100% of a group of gallbladder patients were free from symptoms while they were on a basic elimination diet (beef, rye, soybean, rice, cherry, peach, apricot, beet, and spinach). Foods inducing symptoms in decreasing order of their occurrence were: egg, pork, onion, fowl, milk, coffee, citrus, corn, beans and nuts. Adding eggs to the diet, for example, caused gallbladder attacks in 93% of these patients. At a minimum, an egg-free trial period of several months could be worthwhile.
Several mechanisms have been proposed to explain the association of food allergy and gallstones. Dr. Breneman, who conducted this study, believes the ingestion of allergy-causing substances causes swelling of the bile ducts, resulting in the impairment of bile flow from the gallbladder. This reduced flow leads to an increase in stone formation. [Ann Allergy 26: pp.83-7, 1968)]
Gallbladder Disease also suggests the following possibilities:
If cirrhosis prevents bile from reaching the gallbladder, a person may develop gallstones as a result.
Bladder dysfunction is said to be a symptom.
People who eat high-fat, high-cholesterol or low-fiber diets are at increased risk of developing gallstones.
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.