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Vegetable protein intake is associated with lower gallbladder disease risk: Findings from the Women's Health Initiative prospective cohort.

Consistent consumption of protein from vegetables may reduce the likelihood of gallstones in women.

​This study was carried out to determine whether high intake of protein from vegetable sources contributes positively to the prevention of gallstones in women. Researchers tracked the diets and frequency of occurrence of gallstone disease in more than 130,000 postmenopausal women recruited from the Women's Health Initiative Prospective Cohort. 

Researchers observed reduced risk of gallbladder in women at the top of the vegetable intake ladder compared to their peers at the bottom. This study adds to the evidence that women can reduce their risk of gallbladder by increasing their consumption of vegetables.

Research Summary Information

  • 2016
  • Lander EM, Wertheim BC, Koch SM, Chen Z, Hsu CH, Thomson CA.
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson, 1501 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85724, United States. Electronic address: lander@email.arizona.edu. University of Arizona Cancer Center, 1501 N. Campbell Avenue, PO Box 245017, Tucson, AZ 85724, United States. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, 1295 N. Martin, PO Box 245211, Tucson, AZ 85724, United States. Department of Health Promotion Sciences, University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, 3950 S. Country Club, Suite 330, Tucson, AZ 85714, United States.
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