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Obesity increases the risk of gallbladder disease 3- to 6-fold
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Obesity increases the risk of gall bladder disease 3- to 6-fold according to a new study. Gallstones 5 times more common in obese
Gallstones were five times more common in obese patients than normal weight patients (25 percent versus 5 percent of patients).
Inflammed gallbladder 3 times more common in obese
Inflammation of the gallbladder was three times more common (50 percent of obese patients versus 17 percent of non-obese).
Cholesterol deposits in the gallbladder 6 times more common in obese
Cholesterolosis, deposits of cholesterol in the gallbladder, was six times more common (38 percent of obese patients versus 6 percent of non-obese patients.)
Subjects: 478 obese patients, 481 others
The study analyzed data from 478 obese patients who had undergone weight loss surgery and a group of 481 organ donors.
Dittrick G, Thompson J, Campos D, Bremers D, Sudan D. Gallbladder pathology in morbid obesity. Obes Surg. 2005 Feb, 15(2):238-42.
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Department of Surgery
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE, USA
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