What are gallstones?
Gallstones (commonly misspelled gall stones or gall stone) are solid particles that form from bile cholesterol and bilirubin in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver. The gallbladder holds a digestive fluid called bile that’s released into your small intestine.
Gallstones normally form when there is too much cholesterol in the bile. The liver basically helps dissolve these stones through the bile but if there is more stones than the bile can dissolve, it creates gallstones. I believe this is the most common cause of gallstones just like what happened to my sister a couple of weeks ago. She kept experiencing sudden and intense pain in the upper right area of her breastbone so she consulted a specialist who immediately conducted an abdominal ultrasound as well as other tests on her. She tested positive on gallstones and since she already has too many that taking oral medicine couldn’t help solve anymore, she was scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy or the removal of the gall bladder.
Those who are without gall bladders are advised by their doctors to be careful of what they eat. Avoid oily food or anything that will be hard to digest. Exercise and keep a really healthy diet.
Of course, prevention is always better than cure. Stay healthy, exercise and watch your weight. It will help prevent gallstones and will make your body healthy.