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)