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Being overweight increases risk of gallstones 1.9 fold, obesity increases the risk 3.3 fold
Wednesday, October 03, 2007 5:59 am Email this article
Gallstones are 86 percent (1.9 fold) more likely in people who are overweight, and 228 percent (3.3-fold) more likely in people who are obese according to a study from Stockholm, Sweden. Alcohol Reduces Risk
High alcohol consumption reduces risk by 38%
High alcohol consumption reduces the risk of gallstones by 38 percent.
Conclusion: Excess body weight increase the risk of gallstones
“Consistent with epidemiological studies, we found positive associations between BMI and the development of symptomatic [gallstone disease],” the authors of the study concluded.
“High alcohol consumption was associated with a decreased risk against [gallstone disease]. Tobacco use has no impact on [gallstone disease].”
Katsika D, Tuvblad C, Einarsson C, Lichtenstein P, Marschall H. Body mass index, alcohol, tobacco and symptomatic gallstone disease: A swedish twin study. J Intern Med. 2007 Oct 1.
Department of Medicine
Karolinska University Hospital Huddinge
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