Gallstones develop because cholesterol and pigments in bile sometimes form hard particles. Cholesterol stones and pigment stones[/caption]Approximately 20 million individuals in the United States have gallstones. When substances – such as cholesterol, calcium carbonate, or calcium bilirubinate – harden in the bile duct or gallbladder, lumps called “stones” are formed.
There are two common types of gallstones.
- Pigment Gallstones – These stones are less common among the population at large and more common in individuals who have liver disease, blood disease, or infections in the bile tubes.
- Cholesterol Gallstones – These stones are more commonly diagnosed. In fact, approximately 75% of individuals who are diagnosed with gallstones have stones that are caused by excessive cholesterol in the bile.
It’s quite possible that you may have gallstones without being aware of it. In fact, most people are unaware that they have this condition. If, however, the gallbladder becomes inflamed, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Back pain
- Pain in the right shoulder
- Pain below the ribs (right side of body)
- You may awaken in the middle of the night with pain
- Pain may become continuous and last for hours
- Difficulty breathing
Once you’ve reached the stage of a gallbladder attack, the only intervention is medical intervention. However, there are steps you can take to lessen the chance that your body will form gallstones. Here are three ways to prevent gallstones naturally.