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The gallbladder is a pear-shaped, pouch-like organ that sits just under the liver. Its job is to produce and store bile, a substance that aids in digestion. Bile is made up of water, acid, cholesterol, bilirubin, and lecithin. The gallbladder sends bile through a series of ducts to the intestines, where it helps break up fat.

When bile contains too much cholesterol or bilirubin, these substances can form clumps, called gallstones. If gallstones get caught inside a duct and block the flow of bile, you can develop a condition called cholecystitis. You?re more likely to get gallstones if you?re overweight, you?ve gained or lost weight rapidly, you have diabetes, or you have a family history of gallstones.

Gallstones can produce symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, gas belching, or feeling unusually full after a meal. If a gallstone is blocking a bile duct, bile can back up and cause yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, which is called jaundice.

To determine whether you have gallstones, the doctor may do blood tests to detect high levels of bilirubin or other substances that are elevated in this condition. You may have an ultrasound of the gallbladder to look for gallstones, or an endoscopic ultrasound, in which a thin scope is threaded down the esophagus and stomach into the intestine to view the stones. A test called cholescintigraphy traces the flow of an injected radioactive dye into and out of the gallbladder to look for a blockage or infection.

Gallstones that don?t cause symptoms are often watched without treatment. Avoiding fatty foods may be enough to prevent symptoms from occurring. If gallstones do cause symptoms, a technique called lithotripsy can break them up. Or, you may need surgery to remove the gallbladder. Gallbladder surgery is a common procedure, and is often done laparoscopically through small incisions.

Peppermint Benefits: Relief for IBS, Tension Headaches, and More

Peppermint Benefits: Relief for IBS, Tension Headaches, and More

Peppermint benefits include the treatment of digestive disorders and other conditions including headaches, according to the results of two reviews, one published in American Family Physician and the other in the British Medical Journal.

As more human studies demonstrating the effectiveness of encapsulated peppermint oil have been published over the past

What Does a Gallbladder Attack Feel Like?

What Does a Gallbladder Attack Feel Like?

If you experience sudden pain in the middle or upper right section of your abdomen, you may be having a gallbladder attack. The gallbladder pain may last a few minutes to a few hours, and it may lessen or disappear, only to recur. Or, the pain may be located in

Gallbladder Pain Poses a Potential Problem for Seniors

Gallbladder Pain Poses a Potential Problem for Seniors

If you tend to suffer from sharp pain in your upper right abdomen after eating, and the pain radiates to your shoulder blade and back, you may have a gallbladder problem. Older adults are at particular risk, with gallbladder disease one of the most common causes of acute abdominal pain

The Obesity-Ovarian Cancer Link: Another Reason to Lose Weight

Being overweight or obese significantly increases a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer, ac-cording to the American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund (AICR/WCRF).

In March 2014, the AICR/WCRF issued a report that, for the first time, links excessive body weight to the most deadly gynecological cancer. Two

Sugar and Cancer—Is There a Link?

You may have seen the headlines, “Sugar Causes Cancer,” but is the sweet substance that is so tough to avoid really linked to an increased cancer risk? Does it exacerbate an existing cancer diagnosis? If you cut out the sugar can you, in effect, cut down your cancer risk?
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Celiac Disease Symptoms: List of 281 Ailments

Celiac Disease Symptoms: List of 281 Ailments

Over a lifespan, celiac disease symptoms tend to shift from primarily gastrointestinal ones in children (diarrhea, bloating, pain) to “non-classical” or “subclinical” ones in adults (fatigue, anemia, arthritis, and numbness/tingling in the fingers and toes). Non-classical symptoms can make celiac disease harder to spot, particularly if a patient has other

Pass the Parsnips

The folklore. A wallflower among root vegetables, the parsnip has a history of fluctuating in and out of vogue. Though early history confused parsnips and carrots as the same vegetable, parsnips are believed to be native to the East Mediterranean and have been cultivated for at least 2,000 years. Both

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