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Effect of vegetarianism on development of gall stones in women.

The chance of avoiding gallstones is higher in women who are vegetarians compared to non-vegetarians.

​This study investigated how adopting a vegetarian lifestyle can affect a woman's chances of avoiding gallstones. Researchers analyzed the data of 632 women aged 40 to 69 years who underwent abdominal ultrasound and responded to questionnaires on their diets. 

Researchers found a far higher incidence of gallstones among non-vegetarians compared to vegetarians. The results of this study strengthen the body of evidence supporting the protective effects of plant foods against the development of gallstones in women.

Research Summary Information

  • 1985
  • F Pixley, D Wilson, K McPherson, and J Mann
  • Yes, Free full text of study was found:
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