Life without a gallbladder and what this means.

gallbladder gallstones Sep 02, 2020


We don't often think about our gallbladder. But this useful organ has a critical part to play in our body. A healthy gallbladder has three primary responsibilities. Aiding digestion, storing bile and breaking down fat. When we eat a fatty meal, bile squirts into our small intestine. The bile then acts as a detergent, to breakdown the fat and help with nutrient absorption.


When we have too much cholesterol in the gallbladder, issues can arise. Cholesterol stones begin to form, leading to the development of gallstones. Gallstones are painful and generally require surgical intervention, either the removal of the gallstones or the entire gallbladder.



Hold up. I'm confused. Why would losing weight contribute to a rise in cholesterol levels?

When people lose weight, fat stores break down. This leads to an increase in triglycerides and cholesterol and can result in an increased risk of gallstone formation. 

After having weight loss surgery, it's not...

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