Slaydog123789 2008-04-06 09:19:44
My brother was just diagnosed with gall stones. He (and me) recently
started a low-carb diet, and I am wondering if this could be the
culprit. After reading all I can find online, I am thinking that 1 1/2
months (the length of time he has been on the diet) is way to short of
a time for the stones to have formed.
I am guessing that the stones already existed, and the condition was
exacerbated by eating more fat. You have to assume, I guess, that
being on a low carb diet would cause you to consume more fat -if only
because you can- which would cause the gall bladder to pump more fluid
to digest the fat, and dislodge the stones.
Does this sound like it might be true?
Also, the doctors recommended that he eat very low fat, at least until
the gall bladder is removed (to stop the pain from the GB trying to
pump more fluid). I have read that eating to little fat can cause more
stones because the fluid in the GB just sits around with nothing to do
and can turn to sludge and harden in to stones.
Is this a possibility in the long term?
Anyway, any info or opinions on the subject would be very helpful.
J 2008-04-07 19:31:14
they usually start long before they’re symptomatic
My opinion is he should get the surgery ASAP in case there’s more problems
than he realizes.
J – not a doctor