Gallstone disease is one of the most common and costly gastrointestinal disorders in the U.S. Two new studies say gallstone disease can increase your risk of heart disease by as much as 23%.
What most people don't realize is that gallstones usually have very similar risk factors as heart disease. These include diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a poor diet. So researchers wanted to find out if gallstones and heart disease are connected — or if they just share similar problems.
The researchers conducted their study at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. They did a meta-analysis of seven studies, which followed a total of 842,553 participants and 51,123 cases of coronary heart disease. They wanted to see if there is a direct relationship between a history of gallstones and the development of coronary heart disease.
They discovered that having a history of gallstone disease increases your risk of developing heart disease by 23%!
Another study analyzed three different studies with a total of 269,142 participants. The researchers in this study found that the shared risk factors were the reason heart disease occurred more often with a history of gallstone disease. So it sounds like the two are not directly connected, but just two unfortunate consequences of poor lifestyle choices. Well, not so fast.
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The three studies showed something very interesting and unexpected. In participants with a history of gallstone disease, but were otherwise healthy (they weren't obese, diabetic, or had high blood pressure), their risk of heart disease was much higher than those who had these conditions. So the risk factors are not always the connection. But why would gallstone disease cause heart disease?
One theory is that gallstones have an impact on bile acid secretion. One study found that patients with coronary artery disease excreted lower amounts of total bile acids than controls, less deoxycholic acid, and less lithocholic acid. In other words, the stones may reduce the amount of bile the gallbladder excretes and the composition of it. This, in turn, can allow bad bacteria to grow in your gut, which we know has a direct impact on your heart health.
I've seen many patients dramatically improve their digestive problems (and other health problems) when they flush their gallbladder. The book The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse by Andreas Moritz gives you all the details you need on how to do the flush.
But don't just stop there. The problems will come back if you don't change your diet. Eating more vegetables and fruits is paramount. But you also need to take care of your liver. The gallbladder and liver work hand-in-hand to keep your body working right. Taking a supplement like Advanced Liver Formula
can help you avoid developing gallstones again.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND