Yes, there is a connection between gallbladder disease and obesity. Obesity is a medical condition measured on the basis of Body Mass Index(BMI) by measuring body weight with height. Obesity may develop diseases such as hypertension, metabolic diseases, heart diseases, gallbladder diseases, diabetes and also cancer. The gallbladder is one of the important organs that stores and concentrates bile which is produced in the liver and released into the small intestine. There are a number of gallbladder diseases such as cholecystitis(inflammation of the organ), cholelithiasis(presence of gallstones), gallbladder polyps and gallbladder cancer. It can affect anyone at any point of time irrespective of age and gender but mostly affects people who are overweight or obese, especially women and children.
The exact cause of gallstones is not known but being overweight or being obese might increase the risk of developing gallbladder problems. The main symptoms include pain in the upper right side of the abdomen. Or pain after eating, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite or intolerance to fat. The common solution to gallbladder disease and obesity is losing weight. It can only happen by including a healthy diet and following a daily exercise routine plan. Some recommendations include foods rich in antioxidants such as tomatoes, blueberries, bell peppers, and other fruits and vegetables, Also, high fibre foods, healthy oils, foods rich in Vitamin B and iron such as dark leafy vegetables, whole grains help to reduce the symptoms. In addition and very important, daily exercise also helps in the treatment. When all the above attempt fails for the treatment, then a surgery is recommended known as a cholecystectomy. The risk of developing gallbladder disease lies with rapid weight loss as well. Therefore, early removal of the gallbladder is always recommended by the surgeons to avoid any further complications that may arise with weight loss surgery. Some of the most common and possible causes of weight gain after gallbladder might be due to the following; metabolic changes, changes in diet, inflammation due to diet, leaky gut, stress, hormonal changes and menopause, faulty digestion of fat and metabolism and insulin resistance.
Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is the most preferred method of surgery at present because it holds a number of advantages over the open surgery. It includes fewer scars, less pain and faster recovery. The story remains the same with weight loss surgery- Bariatric surgery is the most preferred option for weight loss surgery, again performed using the laparoscopic method.