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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Why is beer the only alcohol to consistently upset my stomach and cause diarrhea when all other alcohols cause no problems?

Why is beer the only alcohol to consistently upset my stomach and cause diarrhea when all other alcohols cause no problems?

Most likely other: ingredient in beer, such as the hops or malt protein. Keep in mind safe drinking limits - no more than 14 standard drinks/week for men under 60, and 7/week in those over 60, and never more than 3 drinks on one occasion. If you are drinking more than this, you are putting yourself at risk for longer term problems. If you really like the taste of beer, an allergist may be able to test you/advise. ...Read more

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Can a high fat and sugar diet cause loose stools ? If not what GI symptoms can it cause ?

Can a high fat and sugar  diet cause loose stools ? If not what GI symptoms can it cause ?

Yes it can: High fat and sugar diet can cause loose stool specially if it was associated with stress try to balance your diet and manage your stress see your doctor good luck ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol cause loose stools?

Does drinking alcohol cause loose stools?

Alcohol malabsorptio: Diarrhea, weight loss and osteoporosis are prominent symptoms and clinical signs of alcoholism. One of several possible factors causing this clinical picture is small intestinal damage leading to malabsorption alcohol inhibits the breakdown of nutrients into usable molecules by decreasing secretion of digestive enzymes from the pancreas (2). Alcohol impairs nutrient absorption by damaging the cell. ...Read more

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I can't tolerate fiber or more than a bit of sugar. They cause discomfort and loose stools - sometimes foamy or just liquid for hours the next morning?

I can't tolerate fiber or more than a bit of sugar. They cause discomfort and loose stools - sometimes foamy or just liquid for hours the next morning?

Supplements?: Are you talking about fiber supplements? It is common for fiber supplements to cause some cramping and loose stools when first starting on them. Why are you taking the fiber? It may just mean that you need to get your fiber from fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains. ...Read more

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Are sugar alcohol bad for you?

Are sugar alcohol bad for you?

Sugar alcohols: The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested. So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar. ...Read more

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Is sugar alcohol , alcohol?

Is sugar alcohol , alcohol?

No: sugar alcohols end in 0H, which puts them in the category of alcohols in general. But the drinking alcohol is ethanol and that is different from the sugar alcohols like xylitol, mannitol, ( you dont get drunk from them) ...Read more

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Does sugar alcohols affect diabetes ?

Does sugar alcohols affect diabetes ?

Sugar alcohols: The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested. So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohol?

What is the difference between sugar and sugar alcohol?

Sugar alcohols: The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested. So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar. ...Read more

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In what ways can sugar alcohol have bad effects on your body like sugar?

In what ways can sugar alcohol have bad effects on your body like sugar?

Sugar alcohols: The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested. So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar. ...Read more

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Can a little more alcohol than I normally drink be the cause of a bout of diarrhea 36 hours after drinking?

Can a little more alcohol than I normally drink be the cause of a bout of diarrhea 36 hours after drinking?

Maybe: Alcohol can effect the digestive system. The liver and the pancreas play important roles. Too much frequent alcohol can effect digestive enzymes and cause foul smelling light colored sometimes loose stools. May need to get your liver and pancreas blood test done to evaluate. ...Read more

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Are sugar alcohol sweeteners like erythritol and xylitol good?

Are sugar alcohol sweeteners like erythritol and xylitol good?

Sugar alcohols: The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested. So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar. ...Read more

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What is sugar alcohol and can it affect my blood sugars at all?

Sugar alcohols: The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested. So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sugar alcohol and plain sugar for diabetics?

What is the difference between sugar alcohol and plain sugar for diabetics?

Sugar alcohols: The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested. So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar. ...Read more

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I ate skinny cow ice cream and it says sugar alcohol will that make a positive on a breatherlizer?

I ate skinny cow ice cream and it says sugar alcohol will that make a positive on a breatherlizer?

No: Breathalyzers measure only ethyl (drinking) alcohol AKA CH3CH2OH. The term "alcohol" in chemistry describes a any CH2OH compound. The "alcohol" compounds in ice cream are safe and will not get you drunk (obviously) or show up on a breath test. Errors with breathalyzers (false positives) are few, like if people drink gasoline, paint remover, etc. Severe diabetes or gastric reflux may do it too. ...Read more

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4 wks ago I started logging food to lose weight (mostly limiting sugar/alcohol). Stools have become loose, small and frequent (3x/day). Is that bad?

 4 wks ago I started logging food to lose weight (mostly limiting sugar/alcohol). Stools have become loose, small and frequent (3x/day). Is that bad?

Probably not: The kind of dietary changes you have made could be expected to result in changes in your bowel movements. More frequent, smaller stools would be common. As part of your healthier eating, be sure to include raw fruits and vegetables, increasing fiber/bulk, resulting in firmer stool. Eating like this may result in multiple stools daily which is normal. Good luck! ...Read more

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Everytime i drink any kind of alcohol, I have belly aches and diarrhea the next day. What could be the cause of this?

Everytime i drink any kind of alcohol, I have belly aches and diarrhea the next day. What could be the cause of this?

U may have: Gastritis/ stomach irritation and osmotic diarrhea or intestinal spasm likely side effects from alcohol. Stopping alcohol intake and taking peptobismol and ppi should help. See your dr for a thorough exam.Check out these links. Take care! http://www.Drinkwise.Org.Au/you-alcohol/alcohol-facts/how-your-body-absorbs-alcohol/ http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/gastritis/ds00488. ...Read more

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Apart from laxative effect,is sugar alcohol (erithritol) better substitute to sugar & artificial sweetener?OR is there any other disadvantage to them?

Apart from laxative effect,is sugar alcohol (erithritol) better substitute to sugar & artificial sweetener?OR is there any other disadvantage to them?

Sugar alcohols: The funny thing about sugar alcohols is that they reconstitute into actual sugar once digested. So a product can be marketed as "sugar-free" if it contains sugar alcohols, but after absorption there's sugar again. It's a marketing ploy. So yes, sugar alcohols can have bad effects on your body just like sugar. ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea = increased frequency of stools which ...Read more