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Can chronic diarrhea cause an inability to lose weight?

Can chronic diarrhea cause an inability to lose weight?

No: It is more the other way around. Chronic diarrhea can be a sign of metabolic disease or a sign that you aren't absorbing nutrients properly. You should see you doctor for workup of the chronic diarrhea. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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What could cause chronic diarrhea in a diabetic?

What could cause chronic diarrhea in a diabetic?

Diabetic Diarrhea: Patients with a longstanding history of diabetes may experience frequent diarrhea, and this has been reported to occur in up to 22% of patients. Abnormally rapid transit of fluids may occur in the colon, leading to increased stool frequency and urgency. Diabetic diarrhea is due to autonomic neuropathy leading to abnormal motility and secretion of fluid in the colon. ...Read more

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My five year old has lost seven pounds in the last 3 months due to chronic diarrhea. Is this a dangerous amount of weight for her to have lost?

My five year old has lost seven pounds in the last 3 months due to chronic diarrhea. Is this a dangerous amount of weight for her to have lost?

Significant-yes: The average 5 yo female weighs just above 40 lb and a 7 lb loss over 3 months is significant. It might not be dangerous in the short term, unless paired with unusual fluid losses, but deserves proper evaluation and treatment.Your PCP or pediatrician could start this but referral to a children's specialty center may be needed to track down the problem. ...Read more

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Is chronic diarrhea w/ weight loss a medical emergency?

Is chronic diarrhea w/ weight loss a medical emergency?

No, not unless...: Chronic diarrhea by itself is not an emergency. Weight loss by itself is not an emergency. However, they become an emergency if new or worse symptoms occur due to the chronic conditions finally causing the patient's body to decompensate (such as due to finally not having enough water, nutrients, or calories remaining in the body). ...Read more

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Can chronic diarrhea from IBS cause low phosphate levels?

Can chronic diarrhea from IBS cause low phosphate levels?

Diarrhea: In case of prolonged diarrhea, body loses the electrolytes along with water. Mineral deficiencies, especially sodium or potassium deficiencies can lead to life-threatening health complications. ...Read more

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Can stopping ibuprofen cause chronic diarrhea? Stopped taking it 2 mo. ago now bouts of stomachaches and diarrhea.

Can stopping ibuprofen cause chronic diarrhea? Stopped taking it 2 mo. ago now bouts of stomachaches and diarrhea.

Very unlikely: This sounds as if you should be seen and examined by a doctor, possibly a gastroenterologist. Not related to withdrawal of ibuprofen. ...Read more

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What causes chronic diarrhea in the us?

What causes chronic diarrhea in the us?

Same as anywhere: First define the problem (soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea develops (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals/infections, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on the above. ...Read more

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What are some causes of chronic diarrhea?

What are some causes of chronic diarrhea?

Laundry list: Here is a laundry list for causes of chronic diarrhea: crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, parasitic infestation, bacterial infection, postcholecystectomy syndrome, laxative abuse, food allergies, gastrointestinal hormone secreting tumor, hyperthyroidism, constipation, etc. Best advice is to seek medical consult. ...Read more

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


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more