Research Roundup

April 1999 Issue

Research Roundup

Poor diet and lack of exercise contribute to gallstones, say researchers in Italy. They compared 104 people with gallstones to 290 without. Those with gallstones were heavier and reported eating more saturated fat and sugar than those without gallstones. Physical activity, fiber and monounsaturated fats appeared to protect against gallstones. Diet and exercise affect the gallbladder, the researchers theorize, by modifying insulin and cholesterol production, bile secretion and movement of colon contents.

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