Our expert says:
Genetics are a fascinating subject and it is common for people to develop similar conditions like their parents or siblings, as is the case with you and your Mom. In regard to gallstones, there can be a genetic component, but diet also plays an important role and members of families often have the same dietary habits which they learn at an early age. To avoid gallstones or lessen the risk of developing them, it will help to eat a low-fat diet. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page, 'Weight loss', ‘Balanced diet’ and then on 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of a low-fat diet. If you are overweight (?) then this diet will also help you to lose weight which is a protective factor against gallstones. If you are not overweight you can use the suggested foods, but have larger portions.
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