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January 2001 Issue

The Truth About Gallstones: Prevention, Treatment

Q. I just found out I have gallstones. Should I be following a special diet? A. That depends. Gallstones are solid clumps of mostly cholesterol that form in the gallbladder, which stores and releases bile into the intestine to aid digestion. Gallstones can be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a golf ball. Most are asymptomatic, so-called "silent" gallstones, and require no treatment.

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