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Can I Prevent Gallstone Problems? ,
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Gallstones are small, solid deposits that form in the gallbladder. They are quite common and can cause a variety of health problems. If you are concerned about developing gallstones, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to prevent them. The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing gallstones.

Santa Monica Gastroenterologist David P Yamini, MD, offers some things you can do to prevent gallstones and possibly avoid any problems or gallbladder disorders.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

One of the most important things you can do to prevent gallstones is to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is a major risk factor for gallstones. When you are overweight, your liver produces more cholesterol, which can contribute to the formation of gallstones. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight can help to reduce your risk of developing gallstones.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet is also important for preventing gallstones. A diet that is high in fat and cholesterol can contribute to the formation of gallstones. Instead, try to eat a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. You should also try to limit your intake of saturated and trans fats, as well as processed foods.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is important for preventing gallstones. When you are dehydrated, your bile becomes more concentrated, which can contribute to the formation of gallstones. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and more if you are physically active or live in a hot climate.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise can also help to prevent gallstones. Exercise can help to maintain a healthy weight, which is important for reducing your risk of developing gallstones. Exercise can also help to improve your overall health and reduce your risk of other health problems.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

Drinking too much alcohol can also increase your risk of developing gallstones. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. The recommended limit is one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.

Santa Monica Gallbladder Pain, Treatment, Removal, Stones

There are several steps you can take to prevent gallstone problems. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, exercising regularly and limiting alcohol consumption can all help to reduce your risk of developing gallstones.

However, if you experience abdominal pain in your upper right side, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, contact David P Yamini, MD, promptly for an evaluation. You may require treatment from an experienced gastroenterologist to restore proper function to the organ and deal with any gallstones. Don’t wait until you experience other health concerns or more alarming symptoms. Contact us today at our Beverly Hills or Santa Monica locations to schedule an exam and consultation.

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Nicole R.

Scheduling was extremely easy with Dr. Yamini's staff, I scheduled my Tuesday appointment on Monday afternoon. The staff and Dr. Yamini were courteous and straightforward - even with new patient paperwork I was out the door within an hour!

Bill C.

Dr. Yamini definitely is a great doctor who is very thorough and detail oriented with his diagnosis. He is very passionate about what he does and was able to answer any question or concern. He took his time before my appointment to look through all the documentation to know exactly what was going on. He definitely was able to put me at ease even though I was very worried. I am very satisfied with his services. Thanks!

Mario O.

He was very gentle about my situation yet did not fail to emphasize about the seriousness that could arise from gastrointestinal problems. Few and far between are as professional and caring as Dr. Yamini and his staff. I was 20 minutes late on Friday evening & they still had me in a room in 5 minutes as a new patient.

Lisa P.

I can’t say enough great things about my first impression of this doctor and his amazing staff! They got me right in and set me up for everything needed. I’ve been looking for the right GI doctor for years having had a very negative experience with another doctor years ago. Dr. Yamini is not only professional, knowledgeable, respectful, and experienced... this guy is “cool” and nice too! His front desk person, Toni was amazing! She was kind, bright, efficient, patient, and positive! ??

Kendall S.

Makes talking about uncomfortable subjects a breeze. Competent and honest: doesn't sell vitamin cleanses and his own probiotics or anything like that. Makes sure your symptoms aren't half-fixed but fully fixed. Gets to the heart of the issue quickly. Good listener. Very sweet receptionist. I hate receiving many phone calls, and she's persistent about making sure you set up an appointment; it was stressing me out. I found the her much easier to connect with once she gave me her cell and said to text.

Babak E.

Thank you Dr. Yamini and Tony. When it comes to patient care and professionalism, I have never received this much care and attention from a physician and the staff. I was able to talk to Dr. Yamini for good period of time allowing me to ask all my questions. Tony you are so cute thank you for scheduling me in last minute.

Kyle K.

I highly recommend Dr. Yamini. He's very personable and actually listens to your issues and concerns, then recommends a reasonable course of action. He was able to properly diagnose my symptoms and get me healthy again. Also his admin Toni is great too, she will help select a facility and verify that your insurance will fully cover. She's really nice and trustworthy as well!

Eric W.

Thorough doctor who cares about his patients, and very meticulous about the details of your ailment. Clearly very knowledgeable and skilled. No wait time for appointments, and the nurse (Toni) is very friendly and follows up appropriately. One of the best doctor experiences I've had and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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