Diabetes Complications Include Painful Gallbladder Stones, Studies Affirm

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Type 2 diabetes has been held responsible for numerous complications ranging from heart diseases, kidney failures, eye troubles, and even the agonizing gallbladder stones, according to online reports. It was reported in the Libyan Journal of Medicine, based on a study involving patients experiencing diabetes, that over 40 percent suffer gallbladder disorders compared to those without diabetes. Gallstone disease has become a very prevalent disease, with incidence rising proportionately with increase in the number of diabetes cases.

 

Without an accepted reason for the connection between diabetes and gallbladder problems, only possible explanations have been suggested by medical experts. Obesity, which usually characterizes the diabetes patient, is one reason given since this is also a risk factor for gallstone problems. Experts have suggested that high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat present in diabetics, may play a big role in the formation of gallstones.

 

Experts have suggested that the long term effect of diabetes which is autonomic neuropathy or damage to the involuntary nerves may also be a reason behind this. It has been thought that the bile which is stored in the gallbladder may not be efficiently released due to defects in the nerves which regulate the movement of the bowels and gallbladder, causing it to accumulate resulting to the formation of gallstones.

 

Considered to be the latest theory is the presence of a protein that is associated with diabetes, according to the findings of a recent research made on insulin-resistant animals. This protein, which has been named as FOXO1, is thought to increase the quantity of cholesterol that enters the bile which may cause an imbalance resulting to the formation of gallbladder stones.

 

Undue pressure may be created resulting to the appearance of symptoms when these gallstones become embedded in the neck of the gallbladder or in the bile ducts. A gallbladder attack is commonly indicated by a sudden pain in the upper right portion of the abdomen which may last for a few minutes to several hours. Especially after a meal, abdominal pain may also be experienced in the middle right area.

 

Fever, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite may be experienced if there is an infection or inflammation of the gallbladder. A person may have dark urine, light-colored stools, and yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes (jaundice), accompanied by fever and chills, when a gallstone blocks the common bile duct.

 

Experts encourage patients to follow the usual management of diet, exercise, and reduction of weight, especially if we consider that this disease may cause problems to a diabetic-stricken person since gallbladder removal, which is the usual treatment option, may pose additional risks. This problem may be compounded when complications arise due to the use of certain medications such as the Byetta and similar drugs, as alleged by numerous complainants who have filed Byetta lawsuits. For details and updates, you may refer to byettalawsuits.us.

 

References:

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles

everydayhealth.com/gallbladder/gallbladder-problems-and-diabetes

digestive.niddk.nih.gov