Gallstones | Causes & Risk Factors


Who gets gallstones?

You're more likely to get gallstones if:

  • You are a woman
  • You are more than 60 years of age
  • You are of American Indian or Mexican descent
  • You have diabetes
  • You have a family history of gallstones
  • You are pregnant
  • You are taking birth control pills
  • You eat a diet high in cholesterol
  • You are overweight or obese
  • You are on a low-calorie diet and have recently lost weight very quickly


Management of Gallstones and Their Complications by A Ahmed, M.D., RC Cheung, M.D., and EB Keefe, M.D. (American Family Physician March 15, 2000,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 03/00