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I eat a low fat diet but my stools float

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Lipton
29 years experience Holistic Medicine
Diet change: Yes, any change in diet can change color and consistency of stool.

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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denny Rodenberg
30 years experience General Surgery
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
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Hope you do not have Triglyceride or gall stone problem. Any anatomical anomaly in the biliary tract may cause the problem also. Discuss with PMD.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Hello. : Hello. Bloody bowel movements should be medically evaluated. You did not indicate how much water you drink per day or if you get fiber through the fo ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
18 years experience Urgent Care
Whole grains: Your diet is part of a healthy lifestyle along with exercise. Carbohydrates are absolutely healthy and you should choose whole grains and high fiber c ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
It's up to you: If you feel better, yes. If it's too hard to follow, no.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Stool fat: Increase in stool fat may be due to some degree of malabsorption which may be related to ibs and rapid transit if intestinal contents through the inte ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Weight gain: You may be surprized but whole wheat bread has a greater glycemic index than a candy bar. That means that the bread is loaded with sugar. You have to ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Unknown: I don't think we really know the answer to this excellent question but my impression is that, if you're using all the calories you eat, the fat conten ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Will show soon: if you continue same regime . along with regular exercises , watch and do not go under weight level and also supplement proteins to prevent muscle was ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience Preventive Medicine
Let's see ....: It has been about 12 or 13 weeks since the middle of April (today is July 20). That would be losing about a pound a week. Now I don't know if you are ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
May be: The fat free dairy! bloating like this is frequently due to dairy foods. Please remember that we are the only animals that drink the milk of another a ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rothman
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Moderation : Excess protein actually can inhibit your production and secretion of testosterone. Also testosterone is made from cholesterol. So i would not recommen ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Yes, as long as...: Vegan diets when done properly are very healthy. High carb diets can lead to weight gain but that is what you are aiming for. Not all carbs are create ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Umesh Patel
41 years experience Preventive Medicine
Eat a balanced diet!: Google 'food pyramid' to learn about a healthy diet. Generally, try to eat more proteins and less carbohydrates & fats while maintaining pportion ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Diets are best: supervised by your doc or a nutritionist. Low fat is not a good way to go. We need good fat such as found in coconut oil, olive oil, fish oil, nuts, ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
22 years experience Cardiology
Overweight: Low carb diet is ok. Continue your exercise therapy. Make sure you do not have any thyroid or hormonal problems. It could cause metabolic syndrome an ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Intake/output: Whether you gain or lose weight depends on the total caloric intake vs total caloric expenditure regardless of the kind of food you eat. A diet too lo ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Protein Diet: Yes, with the caveat being that you also must limit your overall calories. A good diet is one that consists of 60% of the calories being protein, 25% ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
In moderation, GOOD: A low carb diet in moderation is good. Carbs will cause weight gain, so limiting the amount of carbs you eat and supplementing with a good exercise p ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need more info: How tall are you and what is your weight? If you are underweight but otherwise healthy, do not try to put on weight. You will gain weight as you grow ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Steatorrhea: Two things are likely at play here: (1) the high fat content of your diet, and (2) the likelihood that your body has a problem absorbing the fat in yo ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
If you: Have increased dietary fiber through vegetables - this could lead to increased loosed stools.
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