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I eat a low fat diet but my stools float

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Lipton
Holistic Medicine 31 years experience
Diet change: Yes, any change in diet can change color and consistency of stool.

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
Actually lower: The better. But this is only temporizing measure. If you have gallstones, change in diet will not resolve them, but cholecystectomy is definitive cu... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denny Rodenberg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Drop a gallstone?: Sounds like a myth. Gallstones can take years to soften with medications. Passing one typically makes one suffer far more, and can create more compl... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 25 years experience
See GI: See your PCP or gastroenterologist ASAP! You may need an ultrasound of your abdomen as well as other tests. You may need digestive enzymes.
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: The low fat diet is helpful only if fatty foods exacerbate the symptoms. A low fat diet does nothing to prevent problems with gallstones. If you're ha... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 28 years experience
Fats are essential: Good fats are critical for health. Your brain operates on fat, not glucose like the rest of the body. Naturally occurring vegetarian fats such as nu... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 37 years experience
Depends: low fat doesn't necessarily mean low calorie. In order to lose weight- your intake in calories must be less than your expenditure- Activity- helps wit... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
Internal Medicine - rheumatology 22 years experience
See below: Watch foods that claim to be low fat---they are are often high in sugars.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 38 years experience
Depends: Low fat diets are unhealthy if the fats are replaced by carbohydrates. However, in the presence of coronary artery disease, diets that limit saturated... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
No such thing: The long term effect of a low fat diet is malnutrition. Used for a short time (4-6 weeks) a low fat diet can be employed for weight loss.
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