Stomach pain / bloating after eating? It might not be what you think it is
Posted on Tue, 28 Mar 2017
Do you have stomach pain or aches after eating a fatty meal? If you answered yes, this may be an indication that your gallbladder is having some problems.
Located near the liver, the gallbladder plays on important role in the human body, where it stores bile and works alongside the pancreas to help digest and absorb food. After eating a meal, hormones are released that signal the gallbladder to release bile into the small intestine, facilitating the digestion and absorption of fats.
Poor gallbladder health leads to dysfunction and results in pain when the gallbladder is stimulated to release bile after eating fatty foods or meals. The cause of dysfunction is unclear but research has suggested it may be due to abnormal cholesterol metabolism, leading to an overload of cholesterol in body fluids, including bile. Left untreated, gallbladder dysfunction may lead to other health consequences including gallstone formation, and the development of gallbladder disease.
Individuals with gallbladder dysfunction do not typically present with abnormal blood tests, imaging or endoscopic examinations. The tell-tale signs of dysfunction are the symptoms, such as abdominal pain that may move to the back and shoulder soon after eating a high fat meal, lasting several hours and is not relieved by bowel movements, postural changes or antacid medications. As well, individuals may experience pain periodically during the night. However, symptoms may come and go and do not leave lasting signs, making diagnosis difficult. Further, non-specific symptoms associated with dysfunction such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion, and bloating may be mistaken for other ailments. Thus, due to the sporadic and ambiguous nature of these symptoms, many individuals with this condition are unaware until more serious complications arise such as gallstone formation, or inflammation and infection of the gallbladder.
As a consequence of the 21st century Western diet and lifestyle, the prevalence of gallbladder dysfunction is on the rise. Gender, age, weight, and genetics are identified as risk factors for gallbladder disorders. Specifically, women have more than twice the risk of men and risk has been shown to increase with weight, with those over 40 at highest risk. Further, a family history of gallbladder disease or gallstones increases susceptibility to dysfunction. Therefore, if you are female, overweight or obese, have a family history of gallbladder disease, and are over the age of 40 you may be at high risk of developing gallbladder dysfunction.
While regular exercise and a low fat diet may be beneficial in symptom management by reducing the frequency and severity of symptoms, they cannot correct for existing dysfunctions. KGK Synergize Inc. in London, offering expert assistance through human clinical trials since 1997, is currently conducting a clinical research study to evaluate the effect of an investigational supplement containing the natural ingredients betaine and betalains to improve gallbladder function. KGK’s clinical trials are conducted under the direction of a medical director and principal investigator. All studies are reviewed by an independent ethics review board, Health Canada and follow Good Clinical Practice. We are currently looking for participants who would be interested in being a part of this exciting new research.
All records relating to your identity and study participation are confidential as required by the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Each study has its own guidelines and eligibility criteria. To ensure the strongest results, researchers want study participants to be alike in key ways. Examples of eligibility criteria for a treatment trial might be age, gender, weight/height ratio and/or your previous medical history.
To participate in KGK Clinical Trial Centers’ clinical research on gallbladder dysfunction, you must be 40 to 75 years old (male or female); have a family history of gallbladder or previous history of gallbladder attacks; and do not currently have gallstones or inflammation of the gallbladder also called cholecystitis. Additional information will be determined upon telephone screening. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for you to join this clinical trial, other than your travel expenses to and from the clinic site. Parking at One London Place will be validated, and participants will be compensated up to $500 for their time.