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I am surprised that they already have you on bile binding drugs after less than 2 months out from surgery. I would think a no fat diet should have been tried for a little longer. I always recommend at least 4 weeks after surgery and then slowly introduce fat back into the diet. It's hard to do but I think it just allows the bile duct to come "online" slowly making recovery easier.

Also, I'm not so sure that the statins are the cause of gallstones. Most people think a high fat diet is the cause. And while it can cause them, they tend to be hereditary and a low fat diet can cause them as well. Too much fat causes the gb to overproduce bile. Too little causes it to store too much bile. So, you are sort in a Catch 22 on the fat issue. My sister was stunned when I had stones as I eat very healthly. She's been on statins for decades and hasn't had them. Just saying...

As for the original question, your scores are very good. I would just keep on doing what you're doing. My concern with DEXA scores in this range is that they don't do a baseline when you are 20. So how do they know this isn't where you've always been? I'm 65, 5 ft 2, generally weigh around 110 and female. HUGE risk factor is simply my size. I'm just .1 over the line for osteopenia dx. Im fine with that and don't plan to change anything I do - jog, lift weights, eat right, etc. And I don't plan to have another DEXA scan. Why bother?
[QUOTE=Titchou;4724225]I am surprised that they already have you on bile binding drugs after less than 2 months out from surgery. I would think a no fat diet should have been tried for a little longer. I always recommend at least 4 weeks after surgery and then slowly introduce fat back into the diet. It's hard to do but I think it just allows the bile duct to come "online" slowly making recovery easier.

Also, I'm not so sure that the statins are the cause of gallstones. Most people think a high fat diet is the cause. And while it can cause them, they tend to be hereditary and a low fat diet can cause them as well. Too much fat causes the gb to overproduce bile. Too little causes it to store too much bile. So, you are sort in a Catch 22 on the fat issue. My sister was stunned when I had stones as I eat very healthly. She's been on statins for decades and hasn't had them. Just saying...

As for the original question, your scores are very good. I would just keep on doing what you're doing. My concern with DEXA scores in this range is that they don't do a baseline when you are 20. So how do they know this isn't where you've always been? I'm 65, 5 ft 2, generally weigh around 110 and female. HUGE risk factor is simply my size. I'm just .1 over the line for osteopenia dx. Im fine with that and don't plan to change anything I do - jog, lift weights, eat right, etc. And I don't plan to have another DEXA scan. Why bother?[/QUOTE]

Thank you for your reply. Funny, I got more responses here than when I asked a question on the Gallbladder Forum LOL! :p I am still on a very low fat diet, no red meat, my surgeon had already warned me, plus I had spoken to a few other people about diet. At this rate, I may be on a low fat diet forever! This bile salt diarrhea thing came on about 2 weeks ago. My doctor wrote the script for Welchol, but I have to see my GI in 2 weeks for more testing and probably another stool culture. sorry TMI...

It sounds like you had your gallbladder removed successfully? I had a theory that people who have gallstones tend to not have the post-gallbladder surgery problems that those of us who had non-functioning gallbladders, but who knows?

The thing about the DEXA scan is that now that I know my score, I had a lot of anxiety about my next scan, which comes up this year at my annual check up. But I can see your reasoning not to be re-tested. I am only 5'0 and weigh 103 myself. I need to go and finish reading my book...Thanks again for your reply.





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