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Does Not Eating Cause Diarrhea
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
Various reasons...: The "gut" is all connected, by nerves, muscle fibers running inside the gut wall, and chemical signals (like hormones). If something is irritating one part of the gut (such as the stomach), changes can occur in other parts of the gut (the intestine). So, if stomach irritation leads to the intestine not re-absorbing digestive fluids or to it having faster transit time, there will be diarrhea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but...: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly suggests bleeding. When blood is denatured by acid in your stomach, as from ulcers, stools will turn tarry ("melena"). Blood may also be ingested from nose bleeds, bleeding gums... Persistent melena (without obvious cause) & symptoms warrants md visit. ...Read more
Can eating too much sugar cause malabsorption (diarrhea, bulky stools, cramps)?If not, what else could cause it?
Many things: Is it diarrhea with watery stool or is it bulky, loose stool? Is it really malabsorption? Consider Pancreatic conditions, Lactose Intolerance, gluten sensitivity, thyroid, intestinal infections, sudden change to high fiber diet to name a few. Perhaps sugar substitute but not sugar. ...Read more
Not really: If you get diarrhea after drinking coffee, your stomach may be sensitive to it. Any weight you lose with diarrhea is likely from fluid loss -- and can easily return once the stools stop. For healthy weight loss, you need to eat whole foods (no junk) and also exercise. Realize also that the composition of your body is more important than the number on the scale -- muscle is more firm than fat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: We need more information to help you with this. There are many causes of diarrhea. How long has it been going on? Have you been on any antibiotics in the last few months? Have you traveled outside the US recently? Give us more information and we will be able to help you sort this out. Start a probiotic as soon as possible in any case. ...Read more
Constipation: Constipation refers to inability to pass stool, having to strain to pass stool, or passing hard stools. It is a function of diet, water intake, medication and lifestyle. Many hard cheeses can contribute to constipation while soft cheese(ricotta, cottage) can cause more looser stools. Eating cheese without sufficient fiber, fluids and fresh fruis and vegetables can contribute to constipation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why does eating wheat berries lead to fatty diarrhea but eating bread only occasionally leads to diarrhea where gluten intolerance is suspected?
Gluten content...: ...Can be much lower in bread, and up to 15% in wheat berries. If the symptoms are dose related, this would make sense. ...Read more
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