A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop gallstones with or without the risk factors listed below. However, the more risk factors you have, the greater your likelihood of developing gallstones. If you have a number of risk factors, ask your healthcare provider what you can do to reduce your risk.
Gender and Age
Men older than the age of 60 and women between the ages of 20 to 60 are at increased risk of developing gallstones. Pregnant women are more likely to have symptomatic gallstones.
Genetic factors play a role in gallstone disease. There is an increase risk of gallstones among first degree relatives.
Medical conditions associated with gallstones include:
Being overweight, even moderately
, which generally increases the level of fatty acids, which in turn increases the risk of gallstones
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provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a