Exercise may cut gallstone risk

February 26, 2008 12:28:52 PM PST
Exercise may cut the risk of getting gallstones.

Researchers at the University of Illinois found exercise trained mice had fewer gallstones than mice that were not working out.

Researchers measured the expression of selected genes in the liver and intestine that are involved in cholesterol absorption and may effect gallstone development. Findings show that exercised mice had an increase in the expression of the selected genes and there was a change in a protein so that cholesterol did not turn into gallstones.

You can read more about this study in the Journal of Applied Physiology.