minimum fat consumption for prevention of gallstones

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

I' ve heard that some people who have lost a considerable amount of weight develop gallstones, maybe because of reduced fat intake. Is there a minimum amount of fat you should consume in order to prevent this? I am asking because I am thinking of trying PSMF which eliminates fat.


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"...any liquid diet is apt to cause the development of gallstones; however, diets with more fat grams are less likely to cause gallstones. Therefore, Equiline and Ultrafast formulas which provide between 13.5 and 23.4 g fat/d are less likely to cause gallstones in patients than other commercially sold products containing 1 g fat/d."

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on February 23, 2013
at 11:25 PM

Rapid weight loss can definitely cause gallstones - your body dumps cholesterol into the bile and stones form in the gallbladder. I can tell you that I formed stones losing weight on a high fat paleo diet, to the point that I had to remove my gb. But mine was also already full of stones from previously (lowfat) weight losses.

My educated guess would be that a diet higher in fat would cause the bile to keep flowing, and if your gallbladder is not already full of stones, hopefully any stones formed would pass on through. So high fat is definitely the way to go.

I have also read (long after it would have helped me) that taking Magnesium and Vit C helps to mitigate the stone formation.

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