Gallstones Linked to Gut Circumference

Anyone who has experienced gallstones is familiar with the accompanying pain and discomfort. Gallstones are crystallized clumps of cholesterol that form in the gallbladder. After eating, one usually experiences symptoms such as indigestion, bloating and abdominal pain. A recent study found out that adult men:
  • with a 37-38 inch waist circumference had a 40% higher risk of getting gallstones
  • with a 39 inch waist circumference, had an 80% higher chance of getting gallstones and
  • with a waist circumference was 40 inches or more doubled their risk of getting gallstones.
The abdominal fat in the waist area is thought to be more metabolically active than fat distributed in the lower body areas. It releases greater amounts of substances like fatty acids and hormones.

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Member Comments

I would like to see how this conclusion was reached... Report
I had my gallstones removed when I was 19 years old and weighed 106 lbs. So weight has no bearing on whether or not you will get gallstones. I have had no effect whatsoever from the removal of my gallstones. I am 65 now and I have been able to eat anything I want without a problem. Report
Good article. Report
Interesting connection. Report
Both my parents had gall bladders removed because of these stones Report
Why is this article only about men .. and fat men at that ! Women and skinny people get gallstones too!

I had to have my gallbladder removed two years ago. Symptoms came on suddenly out of the blue and wouldnt quit. Er said my gallbladder full of stones and only answer was removal. They couldn't fit me in right away and in that two week wait for surgery, I lost over 25 lbs I couldn't eat even a banana without being in agony. Losing weight that fast is not healthy though and I felt so ill and hungry!
My doc said being overweight isnt the only cause of gallstones.

It took about five months for my digestion to readjust. And I still stay away from high fat foods because they will cause me diarrhea. But I can manage just fine without my gallbladder and watching what I eat is better for me anyway. Report
Yes it would have been interesting to have some facts on females. I will be having my gall bladder removed on the 9th of May 2018 Report
Gallstones are no joke! Report
I'm thin and I still had gallstones. Report
What about women? Why is this article only giving information for men? Report
I was a teenager when I had them and got them again when I was pregnant with my daughter. Four months after having her I had my gallbladder removed and now I wish that I still had it. So much problems when you don't have it to help with breaking down foods. Report
I had sludge in my gallbladder, this would eventually lead to gallstones and I had a family history for gallstones so i elected to have my gallbladder removed. Report
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This website actually has USEFUL information! Report
Weight has nothing to do with gallstones, according to my GI doctor. He says it's caused by your body not processing cholesterol properly, and not having enough fluid in your body to keep the cholesterol in your gallbladder from turning into stones. In fact, starvation diets can CAUSE gallstones.

No one in my family ever had gallstones, but I was the skinniest one, and I do. I also never drank enough water or any kind of fluid. I really don't get thirsty. Since I started drinking more water, I've passed a couple of small stones (painful, but I didn't die) and I'm feeling much better. Report
I had my gallbladder taken out when I just 23 but had symptoms as a teenager and I was not heavy at all. Report


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Becky Hand
Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.