One of the surgeons who performed the operation, says the stones are a result of the woman skipping important meal for more than 10 years. She also frequently ate leftovers, the hospital added. The surgeon also said that many of his gallstone patients are guilty of skipping or rushing this meal. The doctor contends that not eating breakfast causes bile to build up in the gallbladder, leading to high cholesterol and calcium levels. His opinion on the effects of skipping lunch or dinner was not reported.
According to Dr. George Webster, what time a person eats has no known effect on the existence of gallstones or liver stones, and to claim otherwise is “pure speculation, with no scientific evidence base to support it.” According to the Daily Mail, he also explained that gall stones and liver stones are a common problem worldwide, but it is most common in eastern Asia.
There are two types of gallstones, explains the Mayo Clinic. Cholesterol gallstones, composed mainly of undissolved cholesterol and yellow in appearance, are the most common. The other type, known as Pigment gallstones, are dark brown or black, and form when there is too much bilirubin present in the body’s bile. As explained by the University of Michigan’s Division of Gastroenterology, gallstones and liver stones are the same, just located in different areas of the body.
As for the patient, it took six and a half hours of surgery to remove the 200-plus stones from her body, some of which were described by the hospital as being as large as eggs. However, if Dr. Quan’s theory is correct, regularly eating a big breakfast with eggs might have prevented her from ever having egg-sized stones in the first place.