Do You Know the Causes of Gallstones?

Q:
Do you know the causes of gallstones?

A:
Gallstones are some hard deposits derived from digestive fluid in your gallbladder. The size of gallstone is different. You may have only one gallstone which is as large as a golf ball. Or you may have lots of gallstones which are as small as sand. Besides, there are two types of gallstones: cholesterol gallstones and pigment gallstones, and the former is the most common type.

The possible causes of gallstones are as follows:

  • Family history of having gallstones.
  • Eating fewer meals per day.
  • Low intake of vitamin C, calcium, and magnesium.
  • High intake of carbohydrate.
  • Low fluid consumption.
  • Diabetes.
  • Some medicines such as oral contraceptives and hormone therapy drugs.
  • Liver disease.
  • Overweight.
  • High-cholesterol diet.

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