You would never know you had a gallbladder unless it became filled with stones and angry, then you might find yourself rolling on the floor in agony – wishing you knew more about this little pear shaped sack attached to your liver's under surface, and how to keep it healthy and happy. If your gallbladder acts up you are not alone. An estimated 20 million people have gallstones or have a history of surgery for gallstones in the United States. While most cases cause no symptoms, there are a half million-gallbladder removals (cholecystectomies) and 800,000 people are hospitalized for gallbladder disease annually.1 Approximately 30% of Americans over the age of 60 years have gallbladder disease. 2 This is a $5 billion dollar a year business. Fortunately, serious symptoms and complications, such as inflammation, infection, pancreatitis, and bile duct obstruction, develop annually in only about 1% to 2% of patients.3
Gallstones are solid, rock-hard formations in the gallbladder made from crystals of cholesterol. The medical term for these is cholelithiasis. In medical school we had a saying for likely gallstone candidates, "female, fat, and forty." Gallstones are more common in women and in people who are overweight. Over 90% of the gallstones found in Americans are considered cholesterol gallstones. For gallstones to be considered cholesterol stones, 70% to 90% of their material by weight must be cholesterol.
Most of the time stones in the gallbladder cause no trouble. However, problems can arise when they pass into the common bile duct or ducts to the pancreas, and then cause obstruction. This transient or permanent obstruction of the flow of bile into the intestine can result in pain, serious inflammation, infection and jaundice (a bile build up with characteristic yellow eyes and skin).
In most cases the pains seem to come and go and are most often experienced just after eating a meal high in fats. The pain is usually in the right upper portion of the abdomen and may extend through to the right shoulder blade. Nausea and vomiting are common and fever may develop with infection. The diagnosis is usually made by a sound wave test, called an abdominal ultrasound. Echos from the sound waves show shadows of stones in the gallbladder. Other tests may be required for diagnosis and to determine the best course of treatment.
Plant-based diet is one of the proven solution to prevent and manage gallbladder stone disease. It is there necessary to improve intake of fibers even if it take using plant-based substitute if you are in a transition to improve your condition.
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