Emerging Risk Factors for Gallstone Disease – Four Fs

In medical school, you are taught the "four Fs" for suspicions of gallstones—Fair, Fat, Forty, Female. Recent research backs up these findings, with women between 20 – 60 having at least a 3X higher incidence of the disease than their male counterparts.

The American College of Gastroenterology has put out new guidelines for managing the risks of this disorder, including:

  • A body weight that is healthy
  • Avoidance of drastic dietary changes (i.e. crash diets)
  • Regular exercise
  • Choosing a diet rich in fruits, vegetable, grains and low-fat
  • Source: Newswise (7/24/07)

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