So, how can we help our patients?
What should we educate them about their gallbladder health?
Well, maintaining a healthy way is the best place to start, pretty much for everything,
but we know if they're not obese or overweight, they're gonna have lower cholesterol levels.
One thing to avoid? Rapid weight loss.
Remember, 1-2 pounds a week is a healthy pace for losing weight.
Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is recommended for everyone,
but if we're trying to avoid the -itis's, it's particularly helpful.
It's also important for the patient and all of us to get regular exercise.
So, nothing up here sounds surprising, right?
These are actually four really good guidelines for health, for anyone,
but they're particularly good for somebody with gallbladder disease.
Oh, everybody's favorite topic. Let's talk about diet recommendations for gallbladder health.
You're gonna encourage the patient to reduce their intake of fats.
We want them to avoid high fat, greasy, and fried foods.
So, this means no eating at the county fair.
You want them to add fiber to their diet with fresh vegetables and whole grains.
You want to eat several small meals per day because smaller meals are easier for the body to digest.
Also, get them to drink a sufficient amount of water.
You want them to drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day
and more if they don't have any other restrictions.
Now, if you plan to lose weight, make sure they know they need to do it slowly.
Aim for them to lose no more than 2 pounds per week
because we know that rapid weight loss will increase the risk of gallstones and other health problems.