Gallbladder Disease & Obesity1

If you're overweight or obese, your risk for gallbladder disease – typically an inflamed or infected gallbladder, with gallstones – is higher. Since gallstones are made of cholesterol, if you have high cholesterol, it can add to your risk of getting gallstones and feeling the discomfort that comes with them.

Meeting your goals for a healthier weight may bring your risk of gallstones down, but don't lose the weight too quickly – between half a pound and two pounds each week is easiest on your gallbladder.

Whether you have gallbladder disease or want to prevent it, you can take positive steps to take it easy on your gallbladder. The most important actions to take include:

1. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Web site, accessed September 13, 2011 at