Nuts and gallstones.Most people don't think about their gallbladder until it bothers them. The gallbladder is a small sac that squirts bile, a yellowish liquid which helps to digest fat, into the intestines. Under certain conditions, bile can harden and form gallstones Gallstones Definition
A gallstone is a solid crystal deposit that forms in the gallbladder, which is a pear-shaped organ that stores bile salts until they are needed to help digest fatty foods. that can block tubes leading from the gallbladder to other parts of the body. This blockage produces symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain and can even lead to death. More than 800,000 Americans are hospitalized each year because of gallstones; many have to have their gallbladder removed.
Factors like obesity, diabetes, fasting, and rapid weight loss can increase the risk of gallstones. A new study suggests that eating nuts frequently can reduce the risk of gallstone disease gallstone disease Surgery The constellation of Sx associated with gallstones. See Cholecystitis, Gallstone. in women. Researchers from Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School (HMS) is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. It is a prestigious American medical school located in the Longwood Medical Area of the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. studied more than 80,000 women for 20 years to see who developed gallstones. Women who ate 5 or more ounces of nuts per week had a lower risk of having to have their gallbladder removed because of gallstones compared to women who rarely or never ate nuts. These results were for both peanuts and tree nuts. Factors in nuts that may reduce the risk of gallstones include monounsaturated monounsaturated /mono·un·sat·u·rat·ed/ (mon?o-un-sach´er-at?ed) of a chemical compound, containing one double or triple bond.
adj. and polyunsaturated fats, fiber, phytosterols, and magnesium.
Tsai C-J, Leitzmann MF, Hu FB, et al. 2004. Frequent nut consumption and decreased risk of cholecystectomy Cholecystectomy Definition
A cholecystectomy is the surgical removal of the gallbladder. The two basic types of this procedure are open cholecystectomy and the laparoscopic approach. in women. Am J Clin Nutr 80:76-81.