Health Tip: Am I at Risk for Gallstones?
(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.
Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug.
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