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What Are Some Steps to Help Prevent Gallstones?

Did you know that there are several tips that can help you prevent gallstones and reduce the risks? Perhaps you have a family history of them or have dealt with them in the past, they can be irritating, to say the least. While the tips in this article certainly aren’t foolproof, they can go a long way to keep your gallbladder healthy.

Here are some helpful tips to help prevent gallstones.

Be Smart About Losing Weight?

Being obese is an enormous risk factor for gallstones. That means that if you’re overweight, obese, or sitting on the line of those things, you need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine in order to shed weight safely and effectively.

Make sure you consult your doctor about this. Losing weight isn’t always an easy battle. However, a good doctor or gastroenterologist will enable you to effectively lose weight and tell you how to start.

Losing weight can go a very long way when you’re trying to keep healthy. Though, it is just as important to find ways to safely and gradually lose weight instead of just opting for unhealthy options. Anyone who loses weight drastically through surgery or crash diets puts themselves at a huge risk for gallstones.

The safest way to lose any excess weight is to lose roughly 1-2 pounds per week over several months.

Eat a Healthy Diet

The foods that you consume play a huge part in your health. That is why it comes as no surprise that the foods you consume have a huge impact on your gallbladder. A great way to reduce your risk for gallstones is to follow a plant-based diet that is high in fiber and healthy fats while being lower in refined carbs.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise is crucial to your overall health. Did you know that just getting regular exercise several times a week for at least 150 minutes can reduce your chance of gallstones? This is yet another great reason to go on a long, brisk walk, or take that spin class.

The Bottom Line

If you find yourself dealing with gallstones, it is your best bet to speak to an experienced gastroenterologist. A professional will be able to help you on your journey and provide you with all of the information and treatment you require to thrive. If you are dealing with this condition, contact our Beverly Hills Center for Digestive Health team to schedule an appointment and begin treatment.

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