Advertisement

What causes gallstones?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Doctors are not sure about what causes gallstones. It's possible that the bile in your gallbladder may contain too much cholesterol. When that happens, your bile is unable to dissolve the cholesterol, and it turns into stones. Another possible reason is that your gallbladder does not empty frequently enough or completely. Some health conditions also can cause your liver to make too much bilirubin. A buildup of this chemical in your bile can also cause gallstones. Obesity and diets high in fat and low in fiber can also cause gallstones. Other risk factors are age (over 60), gender (women are at higher risk than men), diabetes, rapid weight loss, family history of gallstones, and taking cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Continue Learning about Gallstones

Can Gallstones Be Broken Up Like Kidney Stones?
Can Gallstones Be Broken Up Like Kidney Stones?
Dr. Rayls - What Causes Gallstones?
Dr. Rayls - What Causes Gallstones?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.