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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 don't 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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How I will check sugar free (sugar alcohol) syrup have cariostatic potential (anti- carious properties)? how its better than sugar syrup in pedia.

How I will check sugar free (sugar alcohol) syrup have cariostatic potential (anti- carious properties)? how its better than sugar syrup in pedia.

Xylitol only: Is the healthy sugar alternative & is perfect for diabetics. Benefits include dramatic tooth decay reduction. Safe and available. ...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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When something has "sugar alcohol" Content on the back is it bad for you? For example I want to buy a pack of protein bars but has 8g of sugar alcohol

When something has "sugar alcohol" Content on the back is it bad for you? For example I want to buy a pack of protein bars but has 8g of 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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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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Will the sugar alcohol found in sugar free gums, sodas, sugar substitutes produce a false positive on an etg test?

Will the sugar alcohol found in sugar free gums, sodas, sugar substitutes produce a false positive on an etg test?

No: There isn't anything in sugar substitutes that will cause the etg (ethyl glucuronide) test to show positive. However, because etg test measures products of metabolism of ethyl alcohol from any source, it is sensitive to small amounts of alcohol. It will detect ingestion or exposure to alcohol in mouthwash, cough syrup and other medicated syrups, and possibly even hand sanitizers. ...Read more

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Can not drinking enough water, too much coffee and caffeine and a day full of drinking alcohol cause explosive watery diarrhea, more than 4 times/hr

Can not drinking enough water, too much coffee and caffeine and a day full of drinking alcohol cause explosive watery diarrhea, more than 4 times/hr

You are: Probably irritating your digestive system, cannot keep that up for other reasons too, and dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Get help from someone. ...Read more

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Over last 2 months, no sugar, alcohol, coffee, limited carbs, diary, small portions. Increased exercise to 30 minutes per day. No weight loss yet. Why?

Over last 2 months, no sugar, alcohol, coffee, limited carbs, diary, small portions. Increased exercise to 30 minutes per day. No weight loss yet. Why?

Depends: Could be a thyroid or other medical condition, so see a doctor to get this evaluated. Also depends on your net total daily calorie intake. If calorie intake is less than calories burned on a daily basis, over time you should lose weight. Some people who exercise, end up eating more calories, evening out the net total calories per day, so no weight loss. I recommend myfitnesspal. Com website or app. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol on an empty stomach cause diarrhea?

Does drinking alcohol on an empty stomach cause diarrhea?

Enter an answer sum: This is not a typical consequence of alcohol use but might occur in a patient with ibs. ...Read more

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I'm 4 months post accutane. I know you are not suppose to drink alcohol, but I had 2 vanilla jello cups with sugar alcohol. Will I relapse with acne?

I'm 4 months post accutane. I know you are not suppose to drink alcohol, but I had 2 vanilla jello cups with sugar alcohol. Will I relapse with acne?

Isotretinoin: Isotretinoin can cause liver damage so drinking alcohol which also causes liver damage is not a good idea. Relapse is not the issue. Remember that alcohol itself is liver toxic. ...Read more

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Can alcohol (Tequilla) cause diarrhea? I usually have only 1-2 loose motions that too just after meal. Having taken alcohol last night. No stomach pain

Can alcohol (Tequilla) cause diarrhea? I usually have only 1-2 loose motions that too just after meal. Having taken alcohol last night. No stomach pain

Yes: For some people, alcohol most definitely causes diarrhea. Alcohol can affect people differently, but that is one of the side effects that can be associated with alcohol consumption. ...Read more

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Can 80 grams of sugar alcohol in the form of sugar-free candy harm the fetus? It's the only thing that helps me "go" lately. Tried everything else. I'm also on colace & miralax, (polyethylene glycol) but my body got used it

Can 80 grams of sugar alcohol in the form of sugar-free candy harm the fetus? It's the only thing that helps me "go" lately. Tried everything else. I'm also on colace & miralax, (polyethylene glycol) but my body got used it

Try something else: Most are approved with pregnancy but not really recommended. If your issue is constipation, there are lots of other options. Colace is just a stool softener. Try fiber. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) can be take multiple times a day (it's very safe). Consider senna (available otc) or magnesium citrate (my favorite as its strong). Also you can try an enema. Most are okay to use together. ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

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