Gallstones are one of the most unpredictable conditions there is. Gallstones are rock-hard-structures that can be as tiny as a pea or as big as a golf ball. They can sit there and not cause you any trouble or they can impede the bile duct and become swollen, which can lead to severe pain in [...]
People with gallstones know that the condition can be very unpredictable. Gallstones are extremely hard structures that can be smaller than a pea or larger than a golf ball. These hard structures can sometimes go unnoticed and not cause any harm or they can ruin your day by obstructing the bile duct causing inflammation that can result in excruciating pain in the upper right abdomen. In addition to pain – you may also experience fever, nausea, and vomiting.
There is nothing simple or mild about gallbladder disease. If left untreated, inflammation of the gallbladder also known as cholecystitis can be fatal. If there is blockage in the bile duct due to a gallstone, the whites of your eyes and your skin will turn yellow with jaundice and your urine will be a darkish brown color.
The main problem comes about due to the concentration of bile, which is a yellowish substance that aids the body in the digestion of fats. Bile is produced by the liver and it is mainly made up of lecithin, cholesterol, and bile salts; any excess is stored in the gallbladder, which is a little organ situated under the liver. If bile stored in the gallbladder become too concentrated, gallstones form as a result of the cholesterol crystallizing. According to statistics, eight percent of gallstones are mostly made up of cholesterol. However, they can also be composed of a mixture of bile, cholesterol, calcium, or just pure bile.
Unfortunately for women, they develop gallstones more often than men do. In fact, one of four women over 55 has gallstones. Being overweight puts you at a higher risk for this condition. People that are twenty percent overweight double their risk of developing gallstones. There are other risk factors as well, which includes rapid weight loss, high blood pressure, diabetes, lack of exercise, estrogen replacement therapy, and a diet high in sugars and fats. Native Americans are considered to be high risk.
Someone suffering from chronic gallbladder disease may eventually have to get it removed via surgery. This type of surgery is called a cholecystectomy. However, there are some very effective ways that people can control the condition by making some simple dietary changes aided by certain supplements and herbs.