Mercy OB/GYN Dr. Robert Atlas Discusses High Carbs Diet, Pregnancy And Gallbladder Disease

August 22, 2011
Mercy Bunting Center

Dr. Robert Atlas, OB/GYN, Chair of Obstetrics at Mercy Medical Center

We all know that what you eat in pregnancy is important — for the mother and the baby.

But women who take in too many carbohydrates may be more at risk for gallbladder disease.

A University of Washington study found that women who took in the highest amount had more than double the risk for gallbladder disease compared to women who ate the least.

According to Dr. Robert Atlas, Chair, Department of Obstetrics at Mercy Medical Center, what pregnant women eat is crucial.

"What we should advise our patients is to decrease the amount of carbohydrates taken in daily — getting rid of the sodas, the cakes and candies, getting rid of the chips and all of those other things that are high in starches and carbohydrates," he said.

Dr. Atlas also noted that family history and pregnancy hormones also play important roles in who develops gallbladder disease.



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