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why do some people need more fiber than others

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
35 years experience General Practice
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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Ziring
21 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
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
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A 48-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
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Just like other needs we have there is some variability in how much sleep we need. Most people need 6 to 8 hours a night for optimum health and perfo ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
Everyone different: Most people need between 6 to 8 hours of sleep for optimal health and performance. But because our genes are sightly different there is some variation ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Vasilev
36 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
Genes vs environment: Some of us have better genetic protection than others. A few cancers are purely bad luck because you inherit specific genes. The majority are related ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
Fruits...: ...Usually have more sugar than most people need, and less of other nutrients like protein.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Chen
29 years experience Clinical Psychology
Yes: If you have been checked out and don't have any underlying medical conditions that may be causing low energy, then not getting enough sleep, lack of e ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Genetics: The same reason some people have smaller noses than others. Genetics.
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Dr. Michael Coogan
47 years experience Pediatrics
They cry more: Gas! in babies, it comes from swallowing air while drinking milk and while crying. It comes back out as a burp, or it travels thru the gut and comes o ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Depends: There are many forms of "gi cancer." stomach cancers may be related to some smoked foods, excess alcohol use, cigarette smoking. Colon cancers may be ... Read More
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Congenital, Trauma: Many hernias develop during fetal life, although they may not manifest themselves until adulthood. Hernias often arise after abdominal surgery, and a ... Read More
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Chinn
37 years experience Urology
Genes/diet/lifestyle: A genetic predisposition, dietary factors and lifestyle excesses all contribute to stone formation. Since you can't do anything about your genes, you ... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Genetics: Genetics and skin pigment play a role in tanning. Middle-eastern people tan easily and people of celtic origin have fair skin and burn easier. Over ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Can't predict: Can not tell you how to predict this. There are a variety of types of angiitis from inflammatory - polyangiitis with granulomatosis, allergic gra ... Read More
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Occupational: This is an occupational disorder. Older (decades ago) flourescent light bulbs were made with berylium (be). Nowdays it is used mostly in aerospace man ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Many factors: Genetics plays a major rôle. If a person's family members were alcoholics, he/she may have inherited the gene(s) that may predispose him/her to alcoho ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allison Greco
8 years experience General Practice
Many reasons: Bruising may be normal, and the predisposition to bruising can be inherited genetically. It may also be an indication of a vitamin deficiency, or a de ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Many factors: May have inner ear condition , or side effect from a drug being taken. Best to see your otolaryngologist.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Nature: Variability is normal in nature (including mouth size).
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Red eyes: "More Red eyes than others" can be due to genetic blood vessel patterns differences, chronic dry eyes, pterygia or pinguecula (growth on surface of ey ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
31 years experience Cardiology
Injury prone: People who engage in injury prone activities.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience Gastroenterology
Forceful vomiting: Esophageal rupture is not very common, but can be a very big deal; can cause life threatening complications, ifection, etc. More common in forced vom ... Read More
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