What Causes Gallstones?

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Filed Under: Gallstones, Digestive Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

What Causes Gallstones?

Discover the factors that contribute to gallstone formation

Inspections at autopsy have shown that as many as 20 percent of women over age 40 have gallstones, and 8 percent of men. And increasing age continues to up your risk of developing gallstones. Other relatively well-known risk factors for gallstones include:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • A diet high in fat and/or low in fiber
  • Pregnancy
  • Use of birth control medications

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