There is no question that gallbladder disease or the formation of stones in the gallbladder is extremely painful. If not prevented or taken care of surgically in a timely manner, it can have drastic effects on your health. Characterized by intense pain in the abdomen and/or back, gas, bloating, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, the risk of gallbladder disease is not something one should ignore. Fortunately, the risk of getting the disease and having to have the gallbladder removed can be lowered significantly.
Prevent gallbladder disease:
- Healthy eating habits. It is especially important to eat a diet low in fat and cholesterol if one’s family has a history of gallbladder problems. Studies have shown that obesity puts a person at higher risk for gallbladder disease, though one does not necessarily have to be overweight to have the condition. Leading an active lifestyle is also important when it comes to preventing the problem.
- Eating the right foods. By following a diet that is high in fiber and vital nutrients, low in fat, cholesterol and simple carbohydrates (sugar), the risk of problems with the gallbladder is lowered considerably --- even in those with a genetic predisposition to the disease. For optimal digestion, eating several small meals throughout the day is preferable to eating two or three large meals.
- Exercising. The incidence of gallbladder disease in those with active lifestyles is lower than in those who are more sedentary as well. It is believed that a combination of weight maintenance or loss and healthier digestion due to better circulation helps prevent the illness.
- Cleansing. Doctor-supervised fasting may be beneficial. While fasting is not recommended on a long term basis, a good liver cleanse may do for the gallbladder what it does for the liver: clear it of toxins and help it function at its best. Such cleansing programs may include supplements or special drinks. It is recommended that this type of cleanse be performed a few times a year and only after permission from your physician.
A healthy weight and lifestyle habits are the keys to preventing gallbladder disease.