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23 January 2014

Losing weight could increase your gallstone risk

If you're among the millions of people who are trying to lose weight, you may not realise that you could be at greater risk of developing gallstones.

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If you're among the millions of people who are trying to lose weight, you may not realise that you could be at greater risk of developing gallstones.

The US National Institutes of Health's Weight-control Information Network offers these suggestions to help lower your risk:

  • Try to lose weight at a slow pace.
  • Eat plenty of fibre-rich foods, such as whole wheat bread, brown rice and oats.
  • Avoid refined grains and reduce your sugar intake.
  • Choose healthy fats, including olive oil and fish oil, to help maintain healthy gallbladder function.
  • Aim for about five hours of exercise per week.
Read more:

•             8 reasons to lose weight

•             Why you are dieting but not losing weight


 
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