Rapid Weight Loss and Weight Cycling Raise Your Risk
It’s important to be aware that diet and weight play a very important role in gallbladder health. Higher weight is associated with an increased risk of gallstones and other gallbladder issues, possibly due to the link between high cholesterol and obesity. On the flip side, dieting, rapid weight loss, and weight fluctuations are some of the biggest risk factors for developing gallbladder conditions. Very low-calorie diets, including cleanses and detoxes, are particularly damaging to the gallbladder. These diets are thought to disrupt the natural balance of salts and cholesterol in the organ, leading to the development of gallstones. People who lose large amounts of weight over a relatively short period through diet, medication, or surgery are also at a much higher risk of developing gallstones. As many as 10 percent of people who undergo weight loss surgery have their gallbladder removed because of gallstones. If you are trying to lose weight, avoid very low-calorie diets and focus on gradual, rather than rapid, weight loss with a doctor’s supervision to help you reduce your risk of gallbladder issues.