Why Women are At Higher Risk for Gallbladder Symptoms

If you’re concerned about gallbladder symptoms, you may have heard of the five “F”s that describe the major risk factors for developing gallstones—feminine, fat, over forty, fertile and fair-skinned. What makes women more susceptible to gallstones?


The answer starts to become apparent when you consider that pregnant women also experience more gallstones, and that these gallstones are more likely to cause gallbladder symptoms. Remember that fourth “F,” fertile? Fertility is determined by hormone levels, especially the major female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone.


Both estrogen and progesterone influence the digestive process a way that promotes gallstone formation. Estrogen increases cholesterol levels in the bile, while progesterone makes the gallbladder empty more slowly.


Dr. Marina Rose, DC has helped people with gallbladder symptoms and other challenging, chronic health conditions in and around the city of Mountain View, CA.


Eating plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, drinking plenty of water, and maintaining a healthy weight are all important things that you can do to help reduce your risk of developing gallbladder symptoms. Dr. Oz also agrees that holistic measures can help prevent gallbladder symptoms.


Since hormones are metabolized in the liver any excess hormones can cause the liver (and gallbladder) to be sluggish. Taking a digestive enzyme and using herbs to support bile flow can eliminate gallbladder symptoms.


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