Are dietary changes effective in reducing the risk of development of gallstones (cholelithiasis)?

Updated: Apr 01, 2019
  • Author: Douglas M Heuman, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Little evidence suggests that dietary composition affects the natural history of gallstone disease in humans. Obese patients who undertake aggressive weight-loss programs or undergo bariatric surgery [29] are at risk to develop gallstones; short-term prophylaxis with ursodeoxycholic acid should be considered.

Coffee consumption appears to be associated with a reduced risk of gallstone disease. [30]


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