Exercises Reduces Risk of Developing Gallstones

Gallstones-UltrasoundUK researchers have suggested that indulging in exercise significantly reduces the risk of developing painful gallstones.

Gallstones are common, however, only 30% of cases pose symptoms and complications.

The team, writing in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, cites reduced cholesterol levels in the bile as the culprit.

In addition, they posted that exercise also increased levels of "good" cholesterol and assists in improving movement through the gut, all of which results in lowered risk.

A University of East Anglia study involving 25,000 men and women revealed that those who were the most active experienced a 70% reduced risk of those complaints.

Those taking part in the study were reported to split into four groups depending on how much exercise they did and the researchers discovered that those who even indulged in moderate amounts of exercise also experienced a reduced risk of painful symptoms from gallstones than those who were the most inactive.

Gallstones form in the gallbladder from bile and are generally made up of hardened cholesterol.

Dr Charlie Murray, secretary of the British Society of Gastroenterology quoted, "The study does not however tell us how much exercise is effective in prevention of gallstones as this would require specific recording of exercise activity, nor the mechanism by which exercise is protective".