Gallstones and Hypothyroid – Whats the Connection?

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Gallstones are hard deposits that form in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small organ that sits below the liver and stores bile, a fluid that helps to digest fats. Gallstones can be made of cholesterol, bile salts, or a combination of both.

Low thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism, is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone is important for many bodily functions, including metabolism, growth, and development.

There is a well-established link between low thyroid and gallstones. Studies have shown that people with hypothyroidism are more likely to develop gallstones than people with normal thyroid function. The exact reason for this connection is not fully understood, but there are several theories.

One theory is that low thyroid can lead to changes in bile composition. Bile is a fluid that helps to digest fats. It is made up of cholesterol, bile salts, and other substances. When the thyroid is underactive, the body produces less bile salts. This can lead to an increase in cholesterol levels in the bile, which can increase the risk of gallstones.

Another theory is that low thyroid can slow down the movement of bile through the gallbladder. This can also increase the risk of gallstones.

Finally, low thyroid can also weaken the muscles of the sphincter of Oddi, which is a ring of muscle that controls the flow of bile from the gallbladder into the small intestine. This can also increase the risk of gallstones.

If you have low thyroid and are concerned about your risk of gallstones, talk to your doctor. There are things you can do to reduce your risk, such as losing weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly.

Here are some additional tips for people with low thyroid who are at risk of gallstones:


    • Avoid processed oils, which can increase cholesterol levels in the bile.

    • Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, especially cruciferous veggies, which are good sources of fiber and help improve liver function. Fiber can help to keep the gallbladder healthy and prevent gallstones.

    • Drink plenty of fluids, especially salted purified water. This will help to keep the bile flowing smoothly.

    • Get your thyroid checked  and supplement with selenium and iodine if its low. 

    • If you have any symptoms of gallstones, such as pain in the upper right abdomen, nausea, or vomiting, see your doctor right away.

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