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Why do some people need more fiber than others

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Constipaton: Adequate fiber in diet can help constipation and prevent diverticular conditions. Diverticular are little outpocketings in the lining of the colon, at... Read More

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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Fiber intake: Women need about 25 grams of fiber per day. Fiber containing foods include bran and whole wheat. There are several soluble fiber supplements that yo... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Psyllium: Psillium is what is found in Metamucil and many other products. Be careful about fibre products with inulin because they can make you very gassy. Oatm... Read More
Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Fiber Facts: Any natural source of fiber from food, such as your favorite fruits and vegetables, is preferred over a store bought supplement. This is because you ... Read More
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Metamucil: The active ingredient in Metamucil is psyllium husk, a natural plant fiber that is a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
Fiber supplements: none are "good" to use if by good you mean they have been proven by proper trials to make what is bothering you better. Or make you live longer or hea... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Fiber: Try asparagus, celery, high fiber oatmeal, grapenuts, prunes, apple skin, then metamucii, fibercon, or similar products.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
They help.: guidelines suggest 35 grams of fiber daily for women, 50 grams for men. That's a lot of fiber. Tablets can help,you reach these goals, but should no... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jordan Rush
Gastroenterology 13 years experience
Fiber: Eating high fiber can leave a residue in the colon making it more difficult to see with the camera during colonoscopy. Essentially the preparation may... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Miles Mitchell
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Psyllium is safe for long-term use, as are fiber supplements in general. There is some risk, unrelated to how long you take the fiber, of obstruction... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Good diet you eat: You don't have to waste money on fiber like metamucel , fiber capsules , vegetables , fruits , whole wheat bread etc all has fiber , and is free.
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
You'd rather not: the hida scan is very precisely run to be able to see the gall bladder. Fiber supplements are not that closely timed. Furthermore, if you entirely mis... Read More

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