Health Watch — Obesity Dangers: Gallstones

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about the health risks of obesity and the lifestyles that contribute to obesity. Obesity and the diet that may cause it can make you more likely to develop gallstones, which can be excruciatingly painful.

Dr. Jay Horton, a digestive diseases specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says obesity raises the risk for disease. A diet high in calories, refined sugar and saturated fat can lead to excess weight. Those factors also may be associated with an increased risk for gallstone formation. Maintaining a healthy weight and consuming a diet that helps you maintain that weight could lower your risk for gallstone development. Cutting back on sugar and on saturated fats, which are found in meats and dairy products, will help you maintain your weight and prevent gallstones.


September 2007

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