Who is at risk for gallstones?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Your risk for getting gallstones increases if you are over the age of 65. It also increases if you are female, especially if you have ever been pregnant. More than twice as many women as men have gallblader disease. American Indians and Mexican Americans are also at higher risk.  Additional risk factors include:
  • obesity
  • high-fat diet
  • high cholesterol
  • type 2 diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • a family history of gallstones
  • losing weight too quickly
  • low-fiber diet
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
People at risk for gallstones include:
  • Women -- especially women who are pregnant, use hormone replacement therapy, or take birth control pills
  • People over the age of 60
  • American Indians, Mexican Americans
  • Overweight or obese men and women
  • People who fast or lose a lot of weight quickly
  • People with a family history of gallstones
  • People with diabetes
  • People who take cholesterol-lowering drugs
This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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