Is there any reason an adult with gallstones should not take fish-oil supplements? — Terri Frock, EdD, MSN, ARNP-BC, Lighthouse Point, Fla.

Even though diets rich in fats are often seen as a trigger for gallbladder disease and acute cholecystitis, omega-3 fatty acids and other monounsaturated fats are thought to lower the risk of developing gallstones. Specifically, fish oils are being studied for their potential to improve the kinetic action of the gallbladder, especially in patients with elevated triglycerides. — Sherril Sego, FNP-C, DNP (154-07)