Can gallstones be prevented?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Some people can prevent gallstones by reducing their risk through lifestyle changes. Getting some physical exercise (about 30 minutes) several days of the week and maintaining a healthy weight will help prevent gallstones. If you need to lose weight, do it slowly. Losing too much weight too quickly can actually increase your risk of gallstones. Also, eat healthy meals on a regular basis rather than skipping them as a way to lose weight. But some risk factors, like age and family history of gallstones, cannot be changed.

Gallstones are not something you can prevent—some people are predisposed to them. Symptoms of gallstones include indigestion and upper-abdominal pain, and a healthcare provider can confirm the presence of gallstones with ultrasound imaging.

Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, DO

One way to prevent gallstones is to eat the right stuff. In this video, gastroenterologist Dr. Lisa Ganjhu discusses which foods and drinks you should add to—and drop from—your diet.

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