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How the Gall Bladder Works
In order to avoid the risks of gallbladder disease, you should understand how the gall bladder works. It serves as a storage bag for bile or gall which you produce in your liver. When you eat a meal, particularly one loaded with fat, and that fat enters the small intestine, the gall bladder sends bile down the bile duct and into the intestine. Here the bile combines with the dietary fat making it easy for you to absorb your food.
Sometimes the bile becomes very thick and cannot pass through the duct as it should. When the cholesterol in bile becomes too high and it is obstructed, cholesterol crystals are formed and fall out of the bile solution. These crystals then group together and form cholesterol stones and bile salts. When you eat a meal, the gall bladder springs into action and squeezes down on these stones. This is what causes your pain and it is called a gall bladder attack or gall bladder colic.How do you recognise unusual sign symptoms gallbladder disease?
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Some Common Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease
Some common symptoms associated with gallbladder disease are:
- Intermittent pain in the chest beneath the breastbone
- Severe upper abdominal pain especially after eating
- A bloated feeling in the stomach
- Pain along the right side and between the shoulder blades
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If you experience additional symptoms, some of them may be unusual ones, including pain in your right shoulder or between the back shoulder blades. In addition to upper abdominal pain, you may experience lower abdominal pain, belching, gas and indigestion
Some of the unusual symptoms may indicate the development of complications. Your skin and eyes may have a yellowish appearance. You may experience chills, sweating and chronic abdominal pain.
When your gall bladder is functioning normally, digestion should not be a problem. You need to eat a proper diet with enough calories to reach and sustain your body weight and fat percentage, in turn reducing your risk for gall bladder disease.
Eating a morning meal is important. The gallbladder is stagnant from the evening meal until breakfast. Since it only works when it senses fat in the small intestine, if you skip breakfast or only have coffee, you have a greater risk of developing gall stones. Eat a breakfast with a small portion of protein, fat and starch, such as some eggs with buttered toast or fruit with yogurt and cottage cheese.
A deficiency of Vitamin C can increase the tendency to form gall stones. A high intake of sugar is another potential factor for the development of gallstones because sugar leads to an increase in the body's production of cholesterol. Avoid polyunsaturated fat. Limit your intake of legumes such as dried beans and lentils. These are good for you, but they should be eaten occasionally and in small amounts because they can reduce the ability of bile to hold in cholesterol, thus allowing the cholesterol to fall out into the stomach as crystals which lead to gallstone formation.
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You risk getting gall bladder disease when you do not eat a proper diet and you do not consume enough calories to reach and maintain an ideal body weight and fat percentage. Following proper dietary program will reduce your risk of suffering form gall bladder disease. Eat breakfast, do not skip it. Avoid bad fats and too much sugar; be modest with your consumption of alcohol and coffee.
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