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U.S. NIH’s Obesity Guidelines Part 8: Gallstones
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The risk of gallstones increases with adult weight. According to NHANES III data, the prevalence of gallstone disease among women increased 2.7 fold, from 9.4 percent in the first quartile of BMI to 25.5 percent in the fourth quartile of BMI. Gallstones 2.3 times more common in heaviest men
Among men, the prevalence of gallstone disease increased 2.3 fold, from 4.6 percent in the first quartile of BMI to 10.8 percent in the fourth quartile of BMI. (p 17)
Gallstones 6.7 times more common in heaviest women (BMI of 40 or more)
Gallstones occur in 20 women per 1,000 per year with a BMI of 40 or more compared to 3 per 1,000 among women with BMI less than 24.
Clinical guidelines on the identification, evaluation, and treatment of overweight and obesity in adults : the evidence report / National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [Bethesda, Md.] : National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, . NIH publication No. 98-4083.
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