You could be diagnosed with gallstones, but it is most likely your doctor do not have any proper explanation for its cause. And you are most likely left with only one recommended treatment option from your doctor which is to remove your gallbladder surgically. If you want to know the health impacts after a successful gallbladder removal you can check the link below.
So, what really causes gallstones? Gallbladder stones are also called as cholesterol stones. However, don’t let the name misguide you into thinking that it is caused by consuming cholesterol-rich foods. Your body can make three times more cholesterol on its own than you source it from the foods you eat because your body needs cholesterol for the production of many vital hormones. With that being said, you can brush off the idea that gallstones occurred because you ate too much cholesterol.
Gallstones occur because your body couldn’t able to break down cholesterol so that it can be absorbed. The reason it couldn’t able to break down cholesterol is that you are producing way little bile fluid. Bile fluid is essential in breaking down the fat into small particles, and these broken down fat particles are further broken down by an enzyme called lipase (secreted by the pancreas) so that it can be easily absorbed by your intestines.
What leads to low bile production?
- Excess Estrogen: Whenever your body produces excess estrogen, it directly impacts the production of bile fluid. This is one of the main reasons why pregnant women have gallstones. It is because their body produces excess estrogen during pregnancy.
- Excess Cortisol: This is a stress hormone, excessive production of which can lead to many health problems and gallstones is one of it. If you are leading a stressful life then make sure you are taking enough measures to cut down the stress.
- Excess Insulin: Too much insulin secretion depletes the bile production. One of the main reasons you secrete too much insulin is because you are consuming a lot of carbohydrates. This is why diabetics are more prone to gallstones. Their body produces a lot of insulin which takes its toll on bile.
- Low-Fat Diets: What triggers the bile fluid production is fat or fatty foods. If your diet has way little healthy fats, then your liver will produce way little bile that can be stored and concentrated in your gallbladder.
- Constipation: This can be a symptom that your body is running out of bile. Why? Because bile fluid lubricates your colon so that all the wastes init can be expelled without a problem.
Now you know what causes low bile production that could lead to the formation of gallstones, next step would be to find out which one of these causative factors is putting you in trouble and correct it.
Talk to your doctor, take appropriate tests, and take some kind of bile support which could help you better in overcoming the problem.
Surgically removing your gallbladder could be an option but it could lead to long-term health effects.