How to Know if You’re At Risk For Gallbladder Issues
Around 3 percent of the population will experience gallbladder problems in their lifetime, but most don’t have any symptoms. Women are at a far higher risk than men, especially as they age. Pregnancy, hormonal birth control, and menopause treatments increase women’s risk of gallstones. However, men aren’t immune to gallstones. Men over the age of 60 are at higher risk of gallstone issues than younger men. Native Americans of certain tribes and Hispanic people are more likely to have gallstone disease than White, Black, or Asian people. A family history of gallbladder issues increases your likelihood of developing gallbladder diseases, as does a diabetes diagnosis. High levels of triglycerides (fat in the blood) and low levels of HDL “good” cholesterol are other common risk factors for gallstones. Certain medications, including those to lower cholesterol and pre-existing conditions like anemia and Crohn’s disease, can also increase your risk of gallbladder disease.