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Health Tip: Am I at Risk for Gallstones?

Last Updated: August 20, 2012.

(HealthDay News) -- Gallstones are small, pebble-like substances that form in the gallbladder, causing pain and discomfort.

The U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse says risk factors for developing gallstones include:

  • Being a woman, especially if you are pregnant, taking birth control pills or on hormone replacement therapy.
  • Having a family history of gallstones.
  • Being of native American or Mexican heritage.
  • Being overweight or eating a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet.
  • Losing weight quickly.
  • Being 60 or older.
  • Being diabetic.
  • Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug.


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