2,000 Gallstones Were Removed From A Woman’s Body. Surgeons Blame Her Unhealthy Eating Habits
January 25, 2019 11:44 By Fabiosa
Even healthy-eating people, at times, indulge their gastronomic cravings. What about those who are used to junk food and don’t even consider the harm it is doing to their health? People should be especially careful with the consumption of fast food, as exemplified by the subject of today's story.
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A Chinese woman surnamed Wang went to hospital with persistent abdominal pain. For a long time, she believed that the discomfort was caused by some minor problems with the stomach, and used to ease it with over-the-counter medications. You may have read our earlier article about a very common disease that many ignore – gastritis. During the examination, the doctors found a profusion of small stones up to 1/3 of an inch in diameter in the woman’s swollen gallbladder.
After the operation, it took the nurses more than an hour to count the removed stones – there were more than 2,000 of them! As it turned out, for about 5 years, Ms. Wang led an unhealthy lifestyle. Being unemployed, she used to wake up late, skip breakfast, and eat mostly greasy meals and fast food. This is what the doctors considered to be the main cause of the formation of that many gallstones.
Often, the formation of gallstones is associated with excess cholesterol due to the consumption of unhealthy foods. We have already written about alarming symptoms and consequences of high cholesterol, and also how to lower it.
Other common causes of gallstones include too much bilirubin in bile and gallbladder disorders, which prevent its timely and correct emptying.
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The symptoms include:
- sharp pain in the upper abdomen on the right or in the center;
- pain below the breastbone, which may radiate to the area between the shoulder blades and the right shoulder;
- yellow color of the skin and eyes;
- darker urine;
- nausea or vomiting.
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The risk of gallstone formation increases with pregnancy, excess weight, diabetes, liver diseases, or a sedentary lifestyle, and can also result from taking hormonal drugs or rapid weight loss through improper diet (foods high in cholesterol and low in fiber).
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A lack of treatment can lead to complications such as cholecystitis, cholangitis, inflammation of the pancreas, sepsis, and even gallbladder cancer.
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The best way to prevent the formation of gallstones is through a healthy balanced diet. It is recommended to have frequent but smaller meals at regular times, if possible. Try to avoid nutrition programs aimed at rapid weight loss, and low-calorie diets. Include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and other high-fiber foods in your diet. Don’t give up healthy fats – a too-low intake of these can also lead to gallstone formation. It is recommended to lead an active lifestyle.
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According to media reports, Ms. Wang is fortunately making a quick recovery. Her story reminds us that we are responsible for our health. Please share this information with people you care about.
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