(HealthDay News) -- Gallstones are deposits that develop in the
gallbladder from sources such as excess bilirubin or
The U.S. National Library of Medicine says there's no surefire
way to prevent gallstones, and that they're more likely to develop
among women, Native Americans, other ethnic groups and people older
The agency mentions these additional risk factors for
- Having a family history of gallstones.
- Having issues with the gallbladder, which are more common
- Producing too much bilirubin, a bile pigment that's created
when older or damaged red blood cells are broken down by the
- Having an infection of the biliary tract or cirrhosis of the
- Being diabetic.
- Having had an organ or bone marrow transplant.
- Losing weight very quickly by consuming very few calories.
- Receiving intravenous feedings for a long period.
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