Weight Loss And Liver Disease

What Does Suffering From Vitamin B12 Deficiency Mean For Your Weight Loss?
What exactly is Vitamin B12? And what does it do for our body? Without getting too scientific, Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that is found in food. You can find Vitamin B12 in meat (especially liver), fish, eggs and milk. It is extremely important for the optimal functioning of the nervous system and the brain, and it also keeps the blood cells functioning efficiently.

People, who have Vitamin 12 deficiency, can experience tiredness, depression and poor memory, to name just a few. It can be serious as it can cause impotence and infertility and much more severe diseases. As Vitamin B12 is mostly found in meat products, people who are vegans and vegetarians might not be consuming enough Vitamin B12. The good news however is that it can be taken as a supplement.

A great benefit of Vitamin B12 that has been talked about a lot is that it is an energy booster. If you have ever been on a diet, you know how sometimes your energy levels are low, because you are consuming fewer calories. Dieticians are recommending it to their patients who are on weight loss programs, for the mere reason that people who are on diets are more likely to suffer from malnutrition, as cut back on food. This is not to say conclusively that it helps with weight loss.

There are a lot of myths and information about vitamin B12, and what it can do for your weight loss. It has also been suggested that it reduces cravings. It is not clear if Vitamin B12 actually does these two things. It is clear that Vitamin B12 is something you want as part of your diet because of its many benefits. However, as for the weight loss enhancer, I have no proof that it can do that. Bottom line, whether it can help me with weight loss or not, it is definitely good for my body, and it is worth incorporating it into my diet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Does fatty liver disease cause obesity and prevent weight loss? If not what does?

    • ANSWER:
      No, a fatty liver causes cirrhosis, hardening of the liver. As the liver harden it effects all your other organs, the main portion of metabolism takes place along with many hormones here. I could see that when your liver becomes unable to keep up with the current requirements of the body, metabolism would slow and weight loss could go either way. Not capable to store fat, not capable to use fat.

  2. QUESTION:
    Another question about the liver condition and using weight loss to treat it?
    I keep reading these articles bout my fatty liver and inflammation (NASH) in which they say that rapid weight loss can worsen the disease. My gastroenterologist says it shouldn’t matter. Thing is when I had that blood test which showed liver enzyme elevation I was at 190 lbs but now after eating right (not starving but eating veggies,fruits,fiber, fish/chicken) and doing cardio everyday for 40 minutes, I have lost 15 lbs and now weight roughly about 173-174 lbs after 6-8 weeks. Have I harmed my liver? Is this considered rapid weight loss? To think that Im trying to heal it but end up harming it would really frustrate me. Someone please be clear and tell me what is “rapid weight loss” or weight loss that does damage to your liver than good.

    • ANSWER:
      You should NOT exceed 2 lbs./week even if you were healthy. Initially, in the first 2 weeks of dieting, you will probably exceed 2 lbs./week because alot of it will be water loss, then you should see a plateau. Your diet is excellent-keep the salt,sugar,fat, and cholesterol low in the diet .The liver acts to detoxify wastes from the body and when it is damaged, you do not want to tax the workload on it. Fat contains many toxins and chemicals and again for this reason, lose weight slowly to prevent over taxing the liver.If you have diabetes/insulin resistance, get this under control. A major cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is secondary to glycogen storage disease(of which there are many forms). About every 1 1/2-2 months, get your liver enzymes evaluated. Visit naturescorner.com,my website.

  3. QUESTION:
    Could I be dying from liver disease?
    For several months I have had loose bowel movements, loose bowel movement with an oily substance, dark green firm movements and nausea has accompanied this along with weight loss and fatigue. I am unemployed and do not have insurance. I am a bit worried since it has not gone away and I am 40 yrs old. Could it be cancer or liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      That sounds like Celiac Disease. The oily substance is undigested fat in the stool. There are other similar conditions so get to a doctor.

  4. QUESTION:
    I’ve been diagnosed with a serious but potentially reversible liver disease can you help?
    I was diagnosed by a doctor for having fatty liver with inflammation (caused of liver enzymes elevation) due to being overweight (not obese) with high cholesterol (not a drinker). I had an ultrasound done but my liver size was normal but incredibly fatty at the time which was at my worst condition. Does that usually mean minimal-moderate inflammation because I have elevated liver enyzmes? They say RIGOROUS exercise or rapid weight loss can make the disease worst but safe exercise can reverse the disease. What can I eat and what’s a good workout that is safe and helpful in healing my liver? Any nutritional and exercise advice would be great…would like to heal my liver the safe way. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      This is a problem that is becoming almost epidemic in the U.S. It is due to diet, drug use, and in many cases chemical exposure. The liver is an incredible organ, but you must take care of it, or it will NOT take care of you.

      Low fat, high carb, no red meat diets are creating many of these problems. The liver is responsible for making bile that breaks fats and oils down into digestible parts. The liver gathers up bile that is left over from this process and also used bile and reconstitutes it to be used again. If you are eating bad fats and oils, or not good fats that feed and nourish the body, the liver will suffer greatly because it is trying to do it’s job, but you are not giving it what it needs.

      The liver also prioritizes it’s functions. When the body is put under stress for any reason, the liver goes into protection mode and sets aside other functions. Early man had few “fight or flight” stimulations, but when he did, his organs went into action to protect the body. We have only changed about 1% genetically from early man. The same body response happens when you put the body under stress. The endocrine system is like an orchestra, but if one instrument gets out of whack, the whole system is effected.

      To fix the problem you are having and continuing the life style and diet you are eating is not going to be easy. My suggestion is to eliminate the garbage in your diet that is causing the issues and work on reducing the stress. You will find that eating better will go hand in hand with stress reduction.

      You can actually induce a stress response in the body by causing the adrenal glands to fire. A cup of coffee or any caffeine will do this. When this happens, the liver and other endocrine organs go into protection mode and now your liver is not working on the other functions it should be because it is prioritizing to protect the body.

      If you are not digesting your food well, you will be emitting lots of toxins that your liver is going to have to filter. Not enough water in your body is going to greatly affect the way the liver functions.

      From your description of being over weight, high cholesterol, and liver issue, I would say you have a serious fat digestion issue. This can be corrected through diet. When you eat very little fat, your body cannot sustain energy well, many functions of the liver are compromised, and the gall bladder will suffer greatly. The high carb diet will put a strain on the liver as well, especially when you are eating lots of simple sugars. The inflammation you mentioned is typically caused by this same fat digestion issue.

      The liver is responsible for making cholesterol that is an essential element required by the body for healthy arteries and cell membranes. Inflammation of tissue is the body’s normal response to assist it in getting more blood flow to an area to bring nutrients to keep it healthy. If the nutrients are not there, the inflammation keeps going and can create other issues that are not good.

      I suggest the following: Go to the web site: www.healthline.cc (not .com) and purchase the following products:

      Heart Nano Detox — This will help with your cholesterol issue.
      Liver Detox — This will cleanse the liver
      Gall Bladder Detox — This will cleanse the gall bladder

      I also suggest you do some intestinal cleansing. Buy the Colon Cleanse and take 5 in the morning and 5 at night for 3 months. This will assist your liver greatly. Additionally, after about 1 or 2 weeks on the Cleanse, I suggest you get coffee enemas 2 times per week for the 3 month program. This will help greatly in detoxing the liver. You can get the information from the healthline company listed above on the coffee enemas.

      Additionally, order the following for better digestion:

      Betaine HCL — Take 2 to 4 capsules after each meal
      Activator — Take 1 to 2 capsules after each meal.
      Quantum Digest — Take 1 to 2 of these during the meal.
      Probiotic — Take 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening.

      The above items will help your body to address the unhealthy liver, but you need to fix the diet as well for the long term.

      I suggest you buy a book called: “Life without Bread, by Christian Allan, pH.D.” This book will give you a great understanding of why people gain weight and be sure to look at page 140. This shows a man weighing 250 pounds and in 2 years, he was in perfect shape and health, just by changing his diet.

      The food industry in the U.S. has progressively destroyed most of the food value in real food and is promoting more and more ways to make food distribution, farming techniques, and cheaper food costs, at the expense of our health. It is truly amazing that this is happening in America.

      Your fat content in your diet should comprise about 30% to be healthy and broken down as: 10% polyunsaturated fats like omega 3 and omega 6 in balance 1:1, 30% saturated fats from animals fed on Grass and free range (no feed lot, grain fed animals like Angus Beef you buy in local stores), and 60% monounsaturated fats like Olive Oil that contains lots of omega 9 fatty acids and oleic acid.

      Stay completely away from VEGETABLE OILS, like Canola, Soybean, Cottonseed, and Corn Oils. These are terrible oils for you, contrary to what is being preached by the “hired guns” of the food industry. These oils arrive on grocers shelves most of the time, rancid. When these oils are heated, even slightly, they polymerize and the “cis” configuration of the bonds more to the “trans” position and form trans fats. They are very high in omega 6 fatty acids and this throws off your omega 3 to omega 6 balance. The omega 6 fatty acids are INFLAMMATORY omega’s. Eliminate anything with hydrogenated oils in it. Even small amounts of this will create huge problems for the liver and fat digestion.

      I suggest you also eat lots and lots of real butter made from raw cream. This is loaded with butyric acid and nourishes the large intestinal cells. Also, eat lots of coconut oil. This is a saturated fat that is very good for you and contains about 50% lauric acid and your thyroid gland will love you for this. Both of these items do not require bile to break them down. When you eat them, they become a great energy source for the body.

      Your doctor is not the person to ask about diet. The AMA has precluded doctors from prescribing nutrition to cure a disease. Doctors are required by law to first diagnose a problem and then ONLY prescribe drugs or surgery to fix the problem. Their knowledge of how the body works and how nutrition relates to that is close to none, thanks to the AMA and drug companies that fund doctors educations and government organizations designed to regulate them like the AMA and the FDA.

      There are many other things you can be doing to improve your diet. I would strongly suggest you seek out a Certified Nutritional Therapist to run some tests and determine where your nutritional deficiencies are exactly and also help you with your diet.

      good luck to you

  5. QUESTION:
    i have lost 11 lbs without trying and i have liver disease?
    should i go back to my doctor? this weight loss is over 1 and a half weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, get to a doctor.
      that is a lot of weight to lose in a week and a half.

  6. QUESTION:
    Liver disease? What’s wrong with me?
    2 weeks ago I went off my food and lost 1/2 a stone (I weighed 8stone before). I kept feeling dizzy and sick, and this turned into headaches and feeling like I was about to faint. I was tired all the time and would sleep 10 hours at night and 2 in the day, (I usually sleep about 8 hours). I got diarrhoea, and then about 2 days after got crippling back pain to the point where I can hardly walk and it hasn’t gone any better now. I think its inside my back though, like kidney area?

    Anyway I googled my symptoms and it came up with liver disease and these are the symptoms:

    I’ve crossed the ones I have:

    Jaundis
    Headache x
    Problem of skin x
    Allergy
    Feeling of Dizziness x
    Tinnitus
    Ticks, Spasms and Tremors
    Sudden Seizures
    Stroke
    Redness and itchiness of eyes x
    Short temperedness and constant irritation x
    Tension and pain in the back x
    Hypochondriac pain x
    Loss of flexibility of tendons and ligaments
    Depression x
    Mood Swings x
    Light colouration of stool x
    Bloating x
    Weight loss x
    Appetite loss x
    Nausea x

    That’s most of them. Can you tell me could I have liver disease? What causes it? And if not what do you think it is?

    • ANSWER:
      You should get medical attention for any pain like that.
      Because you mentioned the lightness of the stool color…
      it could be gallstones. The pain would be more to the
      front of the body and may go up into the shoulder area.

      The bile flows from the liver to the gallbladder, through
      tube like structures, known as ducts. When we eat,
      the food moves from our esophagus to the stomach and
      over to the first part of the intestines, known as the
      duodenum. Hormones signal the gallbladder to contract
      and the bile moves back into the bile ducts and down
      to the intestines to emulsify and digest the fats we
      eat. Anything that blocks the flow of this bile can cause
      pain. A stone, that has developed in the gallbladder
      could move out into these ducts; a growth could of
      developed in the ducts, infection can also happen,
      or the ducts could be malformed and became
      twisted and strictured in nature. An ultrasound or
      CT scan would show if it was a problem in this area.
      The spleen makes a substance from our dead red
      blood cells, known as bilirubin. The liver takes this
      bilirubin and converts it into a soluble form to flow
      with the bile. Bilirubin is a greenish, yellowish
      substance that colors other things. If it doesn’t
      reach the intestines, with the bile, it will cause
      the lightening of the stools to the point that they
      appear almost a whitish gray color and they may
      also float upon the toilet water (since the fat is
      not emulsified properly).

      If the pain is in the back area and moves toward
      the back right side from the spinal column over…
      then this could be a kidney stone. The pain would
      be excrutiating. The pain would start once the stone
      left the kidney and it moved into the tubing leading
      to the bladder. It is very important that you get
      help with the pain. The doctor will do testing to
      see where the stone is at and if it is moving or
      have become fastened in the tubes. Most time
      patients can pass these stones…but sometimes
      they can become stuck and can end up damaging
      the kidney.

      Simple blood testing from the doctor could tell
      you so much more.
      The liver enzymes and liver function blood tests
      would indicate a liver problem.
      The creatinine and Bun could indicate a renal
      problem.
      The white blood cells and differential could indicate
      an infection.
      An ultrasound or Ct scan could evaluate all of this
      to see where the problem is.

      I hope this is of help to you. If the pain
      continues, I would think about going to the
      emergency room…if you cannot get ahold of
      your doctors office.

  7. QUESTION:
    Signs of thyroid disease? I have weight gain, fatigue, confusion, memory loss. What all could this be?
    My doctor is checking my thyroid levels, my white blood cell count, liver and kidney functions and B12. Have about a 3 weeks to wait to find out the results. What all could this be?

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Acute Gallbladder Disease – Exhausted all the time, swollen lymph nodes in neck, joint pain, weight loss?
    I spent a week in the hospital diagnosed with acute cholysistitis (sic), pancreatitis. My WBC was high and I had a fever of 104. Very sick. They said they could not remove my gallbladder as I was too sick (inflamation in liver as well) I have to wait 3 months! In the meatime I am exhausted, have lost 34lbs in 5 weeks, cannot eat anything other than vegetables, fruit and rice, potatoe. NO fat or meat or dairy. My LFT are high and the surgeon said they could not do a laparascopy and would do an open surgery (full cut) which is riskier – infection so I needed to be healthier. But why do I feel sooo sick if only my gallbladder is the issue? I also feel dizzy and unsteady at times but the fatigue is out of this world. Anyone out there gone through this or can offer some insight – I am to “manage the pain” fever, nausea and fatigue until surgery. How come other people get it removed right away?? confused..thanks

    • ANSWER:
      WELL RIGHT OFF WITH A FEVER ITS AN INDICATION YOU HAVE AN INFECTION SOMEWHERE IN YOUR BODY.NO DOCTOR IN HIS RIGHT MIND WILL OPERATE ON A PATIENT WITH ACTIVE INFECTION,ONLY IN A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION.[WHICH YOURS IS CLEARLY NOT.]
      AS FOR WEIGHT LOSS AND FATIGUE ITS ALL PART OF YOUR BODY’S’ WAY OF TELLING YOU SOMETHING IS WRONG AND ITS TRYING TO HEAL ITSELF[THAT'S WHY DIABETICS AND LUPUS PATIENTS ARE ALWAYS TIRED].
      NAUSEA IS PROBABLY FROM THE PAIN MEDS AND ANTIBIOTIC.
      PLEASE GET LOTS OF REST[YOUR BODY NEEDS THIS MOST] AND TRY TO STAY OFF YOUR FEET.THE MORE DOWN TIME YOU GIVE YOUR BODY TO HEAL THE FASTER YOU’LL BE BETTER TO HAVE YOUR SURGERY TO BE ABLE TO GET BACK TO A NORMAL LIFE YOUR USE TO.
      I HOPE THIS HELPS.
      GOOD LUCK……

  9. QUESTION:
    My cat is 11 was diagnosed with liver disease now do I know when she is in pain and needs to be put down?
    My cat of 11 years and my baby has been diagnosed with liver disease due to a blood panel done by the vet that determined she has very high liver emzymes. Her symptoms are: Vomiting often at least every other day, loss of weight fast, complete loss of muscle mass, low appetite, lethargy and bad breath. She doesn’t appear to have Jaundice yet or be in pain. How do I know when it is time to put her down? How do I know she is suffering or in pain? Based on her symptoms how much time do I have with my cat?
    She still walks around some and purs when I hold her.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry to hear this.
      Sometimes an animal can be in so much pain they don’t have the strength to show it.
      Talk to your vet regarding on what to look for that is a sign she may have to be put down and choices that you have to make.
      I am an avid animal lover and I have been in your shoes so I know EXACTLY what you are going through.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can you help me re-write these sentences in a different way?
    By changing the words and the structure, but without changing their meaning.

    for Example:
    original sentence: Sudden and severe weight loss. This is the first symptom most people think of when they hear the word anorexia, but really it just one of many signs of anorexia.

    Changed: Although sudden and severe weight lose is just one of many signs of anorexia, it is the first symptom most people think of when they hear the word anorexia.
    **************************************…
    I need your help to finish these, Im not asking you to do all of them.. but as much as you can. But please to it perfectly.. an English project requires proper English.

    4.Withdrawal from social situations, especially those involving food. People with anorexia often avoid eating in public. They also want to avoid situations in which others might express concern about their eating habits or their weight.
    5.Lying about their weight and how much food they eat. People with anorexia may pretend to eat in order to avoid confrontations about their condition. They may also insist that they are not hungry, even when it’s been a long time since their last meal.
    6.Strange eating habits, such as cutting food a certain way or only eating one food. Anorexic people may experience severe anxiety if their rituals are interrupted or questioned.
    7.Health problems. People with anorexia are subject to a large number of health problems, including weakness, dizziness, and lethargy. These problems are likely due in part to low blood pressure. Another sign you might notice is lack or menstruation. There are many other health problems anorexic people can suffer, but many are not noticeable unless they visit a physician. These can be quite serious problems, though, like osteoporosis (bone loss), liver disease, kidney disease, and a weakened heart muscle that can lead to cardiac arrest. Health problems are one of the more serious signs of anorexia.
    8.Abusing diet pills and/or laxatives. In order to help them lose weight faster, many anorexic people turn to pills. Diet pills, or course, suppress the appetite. Laxatives cause food to move through the system faster, and so fewer calories are absorbed.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I might not re-writing your sentences above in a very compelling manner. I tried and here are they;

      4. Anorexia affected people tend to avoid socializing especially going out and eating on public places. Also, they do not want to talk about their eating habits and weight concerns.

      5. They do not want to talk about their weight and eating habits. Anorexia affected people falsely show to other people that they have a good eating habits. Sometimes they refuse for an invitation to eat, even if they are already hungry.

      6. People affected with anorexia show some unusual eating habits like cutting a food in a particular manner and eating only one type of food. They are very anxious when someone ask them about their behavior.

      7. Some of the heath problems an anorexic may experience are weakness, dizziness, lethargy and lack of menstruation. These may cause from a low blood pressure. Not only these problems be experience, there are other problems can occur but these can be diagnose by a medical professional. Some of these maybe serious ones like osteoporosis, liver and kidney diseases and a cardiac arrest due to the weakening of muscles in the heart. These health problems is a sign of anorexic person.

      8. People with anorexia always use pills to help them reduce weights, oftentimes they overuse it. That’s why they lose their good eating habits. Also, they will use laxatives. This can speed up the movement of food inside the body, bypassing the body’s absorption of calories.

  11. QUESTION:
    which disease is illistrated:Pneumonia,Diabetes Mellitus, Cystic Fibrosis or Liver Failure?
    -weight loss of 20lbs in the last 2 months
    -excessive appetite, eating, and thirst
    -frequently urinating even in the night
    -fruity breath
    -craves sweets

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    I think my partner may have liver disease, help!?
    Shortness of breath, swollen feet and ankles, lack of concerntration, weeing more of a night dark in colour, headaches, loss of concerntration, depressed, extreme tiredness, not feeling hungry, are these the symptoms of liver failure? but he is also very over weight

    • ANSWER:
      This could be many things, but no matter what, it doesn’t sound good! I suggest a visit to the doctor or ER ASAP.

  13. QUESTION:
    what are some causes of unintentional weight loss?
    My husband has lost 80 pounds unintentionally so far. We have been to the doctors and they have tested for hyperthyroidism, HIV, diabetes, celiac disease, Hepatitis A, B and C and parasites they have done liver panels, complete blood counts, and every other normal blood test. He has also had an endoscopy done along with an abdominal, pelvic and chest CT scan. He is still losing weight and has nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and depression, he also eats about 3500-4000 calories a day to keep from losing too much weight. Any ideas as to what this could be or what kind of doctor we should see? I am really getting worried that it could be something serious and we just arent finding it. we are uninsured and its really beginning to cost a ton of money. he is 32 years old and now 170 pounds down from 250lbs. Any suggestions would be appreciated. thank you.

    A concerned wife
    I forgot to mention that all the results have come back normal.
    With the exception that he has high billirubin levels which has been diagnosed as Gilbert’s Syndrome, does not cause the weight loss and does nothing harmful to him.
    He has been seeing a General practitioner and a Gastroenterologist.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, I don’t think it’s his teeth. Decay that severe would have sent up red flags when they did his CBC, mostly an elevated white cell count. But you said the tests were normal, so it’s not likely sepsis.

      Have you considered Crohn’s disease? The symptoms look very similar.

      “Persistent diarrhea (loose, watery, or frequent bowel movements), crampy abdominal pain, fever, and, at times, rectal bleeding: These are the hallmark symptoms of Crohn’s disease, but they vary from person to person and may change over time. Loss of appetite and subsequent weight loss also may occur. However, the disease is not always limited to the GI tract; it can also affect the joints, eyes, skin, and liver. Fatigue is another common complaint.”

      One caveat, rectal bleeding tends to be seen more in ulcerative colitis, but it can happen with Crohn’s disease as well. I’m attaching a web link for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. It may have additional resources for you.

      I hope this helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the very best diet/weight loss book you have ever read?
    The book that really helped you the most to change your eating habits, live a healthier life, and lose weight permanently?

    I am considering trying the GI (glycemic index) diet. It seems pretty healthy, and was originally developed to help diabetics regulate their blood sugar levels. I am not diabetic, but have turned into one of those “apple” shaped women who are at risk for the disease.

    I have been a yo-yo dieter for years. The most successful diet, for me, was the Atkin’s Diet. In thirteen months, I lost about 75 pounds, wearing the same size clothes I did in high school. The best thing about Atkin’s was that, after only a few days, all the cravings I had lived with so long completely disappeared! That was a huge deal for me. I fell off the wagon while on a week-long cruise, gaining an incredible 10 pounds in less than a week, and it was downhill from there… Later, I had to have a liver biopsy, and I think the “spot” may have been from all that fat.

    Katherine

    • ANSWER:
      I think is the G.I. Diet because I think eating by the Glycemic Index is just HEALTHY way to eat and its a program you can live on forever. Your never hungry and you can eat a lot of food. I also think that WEIGHT WATCHER’S is also good. The problem with most “DIETS” is that there is no way to maintain your weight loss. Everyone is real good about telling you how to LOSE the weight but not bothering to tell you How to keep the weight OFF.
      The fact is that 98% of ALL weight loss over 25 lbs comes back plus more. These people fail because they didn’t change their eating patterns…..they just dieted. Unless you find a way to eat for Life….you will not keep the wight off. Only 2% keep it off for life. I lost almost 200 lbs(by myself) and have kept it off for 25 years, but keeping thr weight off is so much harder than the initial weight loss…its very easy to slide back into bad eating. I love the GI program & Weight Watchers because you won’t suffer, feel deprived and you can keep your weight off.

  15. QUESTION:
    what should i do for a healthy liver, only expert and doctors suggestion?
    i don t drink or smoke, i don t eat junk food, i eat very healthy and light food bt still facing digestion and weight loss problem i m 22 yrs old and hav been dealing it after jaundice disease …..from last 3 yrs
    my all tests r normal

    • ANSWER:
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      1. Removal of toxins from all internal organs & purging through Normal Drainage systems, feces, urine, menses [females], skin, lungs and vomiting.
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  16. QUESTION:
    Can I lose weight by eating at McDonald’s while watching my overall calorie intake and exercising?
    I currently need to consume 1400 calories in order to lose 2 lbs per week. I know that I should eat fruits and vegetables and high fiber, low sodium foods, but what if I just eat 1400 calories of McDonald’s per day?

    I do understand that I can risk having liver failure, heart disease, and diabetes, but in terms of pure weight loss, can I still lose weight by eating 1400 calories of fast foods per day?

    If it does come down to simply calories then I think I would. I know there is a lot of fat in McDonald’s and not enough nutrition, but don’t the dietitians and nutritionists even say that it is about your overall number of calories?

    Is there something else I should know about weight loss and eating fast foods?
    I know eating a salad is better than a BigMac or a cheeseburger, but if I keep under my 1400 calorie limit then it shouldn’t matter what I eat as long as I stay under my 1400 calorie limit, right?

    In other words, I could eat as many BigMacs I want as long as long as it’s under my calorie limit and I should still lose weight.

    Again, I do understand that there are other risks involved (diabetes, liver failure, heart disease), but in terms of pure weight loss, I only have to watch the calories, yes?

    • ANSWER:
      just go atleast once or twice a month. dont let it bother you.

  17. QUESTION:
    nutrition question , plz help?
    Karen Bauman is a 27 year old employed in the cosmetic and fashion industry. Lately, she has reported feeling fatigued. But, she feels her long hours and hectic schedule are the main contributors. Her past medical history includes type I diabetes. She returns to her doctor due to abnormal lab results from her last physical.

    1. Karen is surprised to be diagnosed with fatty liver disease. Which laboratory values would you expect to be elevated?

    a. Potassium b. Triglycerides c. albumin d. essential fatty acids

    2. Her doctors explains that she will need to:

    a. Control her blood glucose b. Have gastric bypass surgery

    c. Increase alcohol intake d. Start TPN

    3. If she does not follow her physician’s recommendation, all of the following may result except:

    a. cirrhosis b. cancer c. hepatitis d. ascites

    4. Which of the following statements is true?

    a. Rapid weight loss is encouraged to treat fatty liver disease

    b. Elevated liver enzymes are a good indicator for liver disease

    c. Metabolic syndrome is not a risk for liver disease

    d. Hepatomegaly includes liver inflammation

    5. To improve her health status, Karen will need to:

    a. Adjust her diet and exercise regimen

    b. Adjust her medications

    c. Change her job

    d. A and B

    e. B and C

    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Cat has liver failure, any hope for recovery?
    My cat Duey is almost a year an a half old. He is a Maincoon so he got really big, up to 15 pounds, he was never fat but he sure got big. Last week we took him into the vet for a checkup after he had an infection we treated him for, because he just stopped eating. The vet diagnosed him with fatty liver failure because of the quick weight loss, and told us we can put him on a feeding tube to get his strength back and hopefully overcome this disease. We decided to go through with it after working with our vet on our chances on getting him better. I have never been so sad to see my cat go through this and I know there is a chance he might not make it. I was hoping that someone could share with me their experience and what I need to expect. Also if anyone has any advice on making him the most comfortable for the time being would also be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I am so glad that you got the feeding tube. it can work wonders and you absolutely did the right thing. The liver camn regenerate and yes there is a good chance for recovery especially since you acted so quickly
      Best of luck

      http://www.catinfo.org/feedingtubes.htm

  19. QUESTION:
    1. Which of the following most accurately defines good health today?
    A. The ability to recover from an illness
    B. The ability to endure a 30-minute workout
    C. The absence of disease
    D. Complete physical, mental, and emotional well-being

    2. Which of the following is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
    A. Getting less than six hours of sleep a night
    B. Developing muscular bulk
    C. Monitoring your diet
    D. Exercising at least three hours each day

    3. Which of the following is good for your health?
    A. Smoking
    B. Positive behavioral change
    C. Substance abuse
    D. Eating fatty foods

    4. Which of these factors is most important in your fitness program?
    A. Consistency
    B. Joining a health club
    C. Doing stretching exercises
    D. Using mirrors in your exercise program

    5. Which of the following statements is true?
    A. Unexercised muscles turn into fat.
    B. Unexercised muscles lose bulk but don’t atrophy.
    C. Regular exercise makes muscles firm and strong.
    D. Exercise slows down your metabolism.

    6. Cardiovascular fitness exercises strengthen which two organs?
    A. Heart and brain
    B. Liver and lungs
    C. Brain and liver
    D. Heart and lungs

    7. What five fitness goals should you set for any comprehensive fitness program?
    A. Flexibility, endurance, substantial weight loss, proper nutrition, and muscle power
    B. Disease prevention, fad diets, coordination, muscular bulk, and relaxation
    C. Flexibility, endurance, muscle power, proper nutrition and weight control, and relaxation
    D. Disease prevention, endurance, tight muscles, fast-food diet, and thin appearance

    8. Which of the following is the major cause of most back problems?
    A. Muscular weakness and lack of flexibility
    B. Long drives in an automobile
    C. A poor mattress
    D. Unaligned posture

    9. High blood pressure is the major risk factor for
    A. cancer.
    B. stroke.
    C. osteoporosis.
    D. muscular atrophy.

    10. Endorphins help rid the body of
    A. cholesterol.
    B. fat.
    C. sodium.
    D. acid.

    11. Good health was once viewed as a combination of
    A. having a good doctor and eating three hearty meals a day.
    B. possessing good personal habits and good luck.
    C. living in the right place and possessing good personal habits.
    D. good luck and the right parentage.

    12. To maintain a healthy weight, it’s important to avoid being
    A. five pounds or more overweight.
    B. 10 percent or more over the suggested weight for your height.
    C. either overweight or underweight.
    D. underweight by five pounds or more.

    13. Who is primarily responsible for your health?
    A. You
    B. Your doctor
    C. Your family
    D. The medical care system

    14. Which of the following statements is true regarding the benefits of managing your health?
    A. Your self-esteem will decrease.
    B. You’ll have more energy and improved cardiovascular health.
    C. Your metabolism will decrease, allowing for higher caloric intake.
    D. Your stress levels will increase.

    15. There’s no health advantage to changing your weight if
    A. it’s within the range on the weight tables.
    B. you feel energetic.
    C. your waist-to-hip ratio places you at risk.
    D. you’ve never been successful at dieting.

    16. Personal fitness trainers usually work with
    A. employees in a corporation.
    B. parks and recreation departments.
    C. individuals seeking a more personalized workout.
    D. hospital nutritionists.

    17. According to this study unit, which of the following is acceptable nutritional advice?
    A. Lose weight as fast as you can.
    B. Skip one meal a day, other than breakfast.
    C. Eat every meal quickly to speed up your metabolism.
    D. Eat three meals a day at regular times.

    18. What is the number of beats per minute for an average resting heart?
    A. 64
    B. 72
    C. 80
    D. 96

    19. Which of the following is considered a fitness goal?
    A. Watching a physical exercise program on television
    B. Obtaining optimal weight where you feel your best and you have healthy eating habits
    C. Relaxing for 10 minutes once a week
    D. Developing muscles only by lifting weights

    20. Which of the following statements is true?
    A. Lungs are strengthened through cardiovascular exercise.
    B. Inactive people find it easier to change lifestyle habits than active people.
    C. Regular exercise softens bones.
    D. Psychiatrists avoid recommending exercise as a way of dealing with depression.

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of this is common sense and I don’t think you should ask us to do your coursework for you.

  20. QUESTION:
    Liver failure in my 9 year old pomeranian?
    I need some advice on how to proceed in diagnosing my dog’s liver failure. I brought him into the vet 5 days ago for frequent urination and weight loss. They did a urinalysis and blood work and his liver levels and bilirubin were sky high (some of the blood work levels were 1100 times the normal). She put him on 2 antibiotics and referred us to an internal medicine specialist. Three days later (over the weekend while on meds) his blood work was even worse than the first time. He had an ultrasound today and they were unable to do a liver biopsy because he had food in his stomach – the ultrasound was at 1:00 p.m. and he hadn’t eaten since 9:00 p.m. the night before – I did discover some grey diarrhea in our yard. They took a needle aspirate and that was inconclusive. He vomited twice at the vet and some of it was carrots that he ate at least 3 days ago. So, there is a problem with his motility in his GI tract. So, they put him on metoclorpramide to try and get things moving. Otherwise the gall bladder and pancreas looked normal via the ultrasound. My vet wants to do a liver biopsy tomorrow but I’m concerned that there will still be food in his stomach – he hasn’t had a bowel movement since he got home today. Does anyone have any idea what might be going on with him and what possible treatment could be? Is a liver biopsy necessary to determine the cause? Could the liver problem and the GI tract issue be related? Also, he has heart disease and is on enalapril for that but is at high risk for being sedated.

    Thank you for any help – I’m trying not to put this dog through any more suffering.
    Thank you, Kiki. I will ask about Cushing’s.

    I also wanted to add that he has a large hematoma on his front left quarter – this has been present for awhile and is not healing.

    • ANSWER:
      It happen to a lot of Pomeranians at age 4+, old age.

      Here are some information:

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1597&aid=416

      Here is a short summary:
      It happen to dog at age 4+, it’s called cushing”s disease,
      which cause liver failure, heart failure, brain cancer, any kind of cancer, and sickness.
      Cushing’s disease is a disease that affects middle age to older dogs. The affected animal has a characteristic presentation including increased water consumption and resulting increased urination, increased appetite, hair loss, and a potbellied appearance. There are several diagnostic tests available, as well as several treatments.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have gone from 17 3lbs to 15 11 lbs without trying whats up?
    i have liver disease and bi polar so im on alot of meds but i have been fr 2 years the weight loss has only been over the last 2 weeks

    • ANSWER:
      That’s quite a weight loss. Funny thing about weight loss, however, is that just because you diet (and yes, I realize that you are not dieting) it does not mean that weight is going to come off right away. So my guess is that you have been losing weight for a few weeks.

      It could be that some of your meds have a weight loss side effect but not knowing specifically what you are taking it is hard to tell. Some liver disease drugs prevent fat absorption which could account for weight loss.

      As for the bipolar meds, some classes can cause either weight loss or weight gain.

      But you know that the loss of 30.5 lbs or 2.19 stone is a considerable loss for 2 weeks and warrants medical consultation.

      You should schedule an appointment with the doctor who is treating your liver disease. Please make a precise list of every medication and supplement you are taking so that the doctor has a total picture. In addition make a journal of say about a week of meal and snack patterns including beverages.

      Not all weight loss is a good thing and with your medical condition, you need a medical opinion.

  22. QUESTION:
    Do I really have Crohn’s Disease?
    In March I had a colonoscopy after a 5 year hx of diarrhea, constant UTI’s, Polyarthralgias (hips, knees, SI joint, and shoulder), weight gain and significant weight loss, and chronic low grade fevers. The biopsies of the terminal ileum showed “small intestinal mucosa with non-necrotizing epitheloid graulomas and reactive intramucosal lymphoid tissue.” My recent LFT’s are ALT 178, AST 116, and ALK 288 (ultrasound of liver and upper abdomen is benign). Know the physician’s have decided they are not sure I have Crohn’s disease, because my smooth muscle antibodies, c-reactive protein, sed rate, ANA, and hepatitis series are NEGATIVE. They have now decided that I should have another colonoscopy, endoscopy, ERCP, and liver biopsy. I was wondering is it possible to have Crohn’s disease with no elevation of inflammatory markers AND should I really go through all these awful tests again? THANKS!
    The biopsies from the first colonoscopy were consistent with someone with chronic inflammation and the path report says consider crohn’s disease.

    • ANSWER:
      I am wondering if you may have Celiac Sprue Disease, as sometimes Crohn’s and Celiac Sprue go together and both can cause similar symptoms. If they did a biopsy, was it consistent with Celiac Sprue in any way? Ask your doctor.

      Celiac Sprue can be diagnosed with a blood test and allergy testing can help back it up. Also, the intestinal biopsy will help diagnose.

      Celiac Sprue Among US Military Veterans (Associated Disorders and Clinical Manifestations)

      Fabiola Delco, Hashem B. El-Serag and Amnon Sonnenberg

      “Abstract The present study aimed to describe the clinicalmanifestations of celiac sprue related to malnutritionand to analyze the associations between celiac sprue andother diagnoses….The data confirmed the known associations of celiac sprue withdermatitis herpetiformis, lactase deficiency,enlargement of lymph nodes, and lymphoma. Celiac spruewas also found to be statistically significantlyassociated with pancreatic insufficiency, Crohn’s disease,functional bowel symptoms, chronic nonalcoholichepatitis, and pulmonary eosinophilia. The nutritionalmanifestations associated with celiac disease included nutritional marasmus, cachexia, weight loss,hypocalcemia, osteoporosis, vitamin B-complexdeficiency, and various types of iron- andvitamin-deficiency anemias….”

      Here is a brief of information about Celiac Sprue and how it relates to what you have described. I would see an allergist also, and get tested for food allergies including wheat, barley, oats, etc.

      http://www2.healthtalk.com/go/crohns-disease/encyclopedia/?p=1/000233.htm

      Also,

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17268829

      Even though you don’t want to go through all those unpleasant and stressful tests again, it is probably going to cause you even more stress to continue with all your illness and symptomns and not know what it is or what can be done. Your biopsy definitely indicates that your intestinal mucosa is inflamed. Other illnesses can ofter develop from chronic inflammation. Maybe you should consult with a rheumatologist to get their idea of what this could be. Sometimes germs such as amoeba and mycoplasmas can also cause wierd reactive symptoms. It could just be Crohn’s or Celiac, but if your doctors are recommending more testing, I would go ahead, so you can get to the bottom of this worrisome issue.

  23. QUESTION:
    Should I have all the aweful test’s for Crohn’s disease when they were done in March 2008?
    In March I had a colonoscopy after a 5 year hx of diarrhea, constant UTI’s, Polyarthralgias (hips, knees, SI joint, and shoulder), weight gain and significant weight loss, and chronic low grade fevers. The biopsies of the terminal ileum showed “small intestinal mucosa with non-necrotizing epitheloid graulomas and reactive intramucosal lymphoid tissue.” My recent LFT’s are ALT 178, AST 116, and ALK 288 (ultrasound of liver and upper abdomen is benign). Know the physician’s have decided they are not sure I have Crohn’s disease, because my smooth muscle antibodies, c-reactive protein, sed rate, ANA, and hepatitis series are NEGATIVE. They have now decided that I should have another colonoscopy, endoscopy, ERCP, and liver biopsy. I was wondering is it possible to have Crohn’s disease with no elevation of inflammatory markers AND should I really go through all these awful tests again?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes! In order to properly diagnose Crohn’s the inflammation must be active. That is the only way, other than via scar tissue during Upper/lower GI or Colonoscopy that they can correctly diagnose. Too many people are diagnosed with this disease without catching it at the right time. I was lucky….my xrays lit up like the 4th of July.

      Write back and let us know how it goes! This is NOT the worst disease in the world btw…

  24. QUESTION:
    Cirrhosis of the Liver???Will my dad die?
    My dad has been a raging alcoholic for 20+ years. Hard liquor from the time he wakes up until the time he goes to bed. It’s his life.

    About a year ago he was admitted into the hospital for Kidney Failure but made it out of it okay.

    Just about a week ago he was admitted into the hospital because his skin and eyes had turned yellow and he collapsed. During that time the doctors explained that he was no longer a candidate for a Liver transplant, his liver was beyond repair, they can just treat the symptoms….
    He was let go after 5 days of being in the hospital because he was stable. 2 days following he was readmitted into the hospital only this time he’s worse…….
    here is a list of his symptoms;
    Fatigue
    Nausea
    Weakness (can barely lift a bottle of soda to his mouth)
    Weight loss (20 + pounds in a week)
    Exhaustion
    Stomach Pains
    Severe Jaundice….like glowing
    Very swollen abdomen
    Personality changes, forgetfullness
    Decreased mental function, slow to respond, blank stares
    Fluid retention
    Pneumonia
    Dimensia
    bad shaking
    loss of balance, equilibrium problems

    It’s just terrible and it’s breaking my heart seeing him this way.

    I was reading posts from people who had someone close with this disease, they described the same symptoms I did and there loved ones ended up dying.. I’m so afraid of that.

    What are the chances??

    Any help or enlightment would be greatly appreciated!
    Im not sure if I should be precise…..When I say fluid retention, I mean fluid in around his liver which they already had to remove
    The honest prgnosis is they are not sure at this point whether he’ll live or die.
    They say it may be time to start making out his will and planning his funeral arrangements just to be safe

    • ANSWER:
      I can answer your question because I had liver failure and a transplant. Your father has cirrhosis from his alcoholism. That is when healthy tissue is replaced with scar tissue in the liver and it can no longer function very well. Even though others will tell you the liver can regenerate, this is not the case when it comes to cirrhosis. Scarring is permanent in the liver and does not go away. The damage has been done from many years of alcohol abuse.

      Everything you told me tells me that your father is in end stage liver disease. His condition is serious and he will not get better unless he receives a transplant. When the liver is beyond repair, that is when a person needs a transplant. The problem with your father is that he is an active alcoholic. There might also be some other medical reasons he could not qualify, but that is the first thing they look at for a candidate.

      It’s very difficult for an alcoholic to receive a transplant, but there are many success stories out there. The patient has to be committed to changing their lifestyle and never drink alcohol again for the rest of their life. Transplant centers require at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will even begin to consider an alcoholic for a transplant. The problem that happens with many alcoholics is that they don’t have 6 months left to live with their disease. They let it go too far and ignore it until they are near death before seeking help.

      I don’t know how your father feels about his disease and his alcoholism, but if he is serious about staying alive, he could go to a transplant center and at the very least talk to them. They will tell him what his options are for getting help and possibly getting a transplant if he has enough time left. If he is still drinking after all this, then I would say there is not much hope for him getting well. He has all the typical signs of end stage cirrhosis.

      It’s also extra difficult for an alcoholic to get a transplant because they not only have to deal with the cirrhosis, but they also have to deal with their addiction to alcohol. But as I said, there are many success stories. The husband of a family friend of mine just recently got his transplant and he was an alcoholic for at least 20 years+. When he found out he destroyed his liver, he went to the transplant center, did everything he was supposed to do including rehab for 6 months and submitting to random drug/alcohol testing prior to his transplant. After the 6 months, he got listed and just recently received his transplant. I hear he is doing very well now. I don’t know whether or not your father could be one of these success stories, but I want you to know that it might be an option for your father if he is willing.

      I had cirrhosis too but mine was from an autoimmune disease. No matter what the reason for having cirrhosis, it pretty much acts the same for everyone.

  25. QUESTION:
    Help! Is this a liver condition?
    Lately I have been having problems with my thyroid (swelling of the neck, shortness of breath/rapid pulse, sweating/hot all the time, insomnia, eye protrusion, hair falling out, weight loss, the list goes on), and getting the doctors to check it is like pulling teeth. My doc only checked my TSH level (I have been too antsy to concentrate in school so she said it would be good to check my thyroid but for w.e. reason she left out my T3 & T4). I am left handed/anbidexterous (a risk factor for Grave’s disease) & my LEFT HANDED paternal grandfather was a type 1 diabetic. My maternal aunt has scleroderma & hypothyrodism. I have raynauds phenomion & have flare ups of joint pain/swelling. I get white spots in my fingers, neck, & feet. (I have been tested for lupus, RA, blah blah blah but everything’s f***cking negative). My thyroid condition seems to be flaring up again, but lately despite having smooth, velvety skin, i have had itchy rashes & my skin looks yellowish. I have been INCREDIBLY hungry the past few days (and i am NOT PMSing) & despite eating a lot I have lost weight (not a dramatic amount though). (When my thyroid flares up I do loose weight despite eating HUGE portions, but I do not recall being THIS hungry!) I am eating very healthfully (that is my nature & i eat 100% gluten/dairy free). On the other hand, the past two days I have pooped 4-5X each day. This may sound like TMI, but my poops had been green, then they became yellow, and now they are really loose & grey. This sounds weird, but I smelled something funny & my sweat underneath my pits smells fruity & sweet. So yeah, is there something going on with my liver, or what could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. It does sound like that. Get along to your doctor as soon as you can.

  26. QUESTION:
    Could I have IBD/Crohn’s Disease?
    I was diagnosed with IBS when I was 16 after a horrible bout of chronic diarrhea and pain. 10 years later my problems have gotten from worse to severe. Last summer I was hospitalized with gastritis, and had it off and on for the past year. I recently read that gastritis inflammation can be a indication of IBD. Since then my intestinal pain gets so bad that I can’t walk and feel faint. I have had periods of violent vomiting attacks, incontinence and unexplained abdominal pain. A month ago I noticed I was having UTI symptoms and right rib pain, pain in lower right abdomen, nausea, vomiting, chills, loss of appetite, weight loss, night sweats, and fever along with the worst intestinal pain ever. I was treated for a kidney infection, but the symptoms continued without infection. It started to feel like more was going on in my intestinal tract. I found lots of information about IBD causing UTIs and rib pan. I also have irritation and inflammation around my anus that bleeds when i’m having a bad attack. I’m starting to think that my IBS is total BS, and I may be having complications from inflammatory bowel disease. I think it might run in my family, which might explain why my family has problems with kidney stones, gall stones and liver problems along with chronic diarrhea. I got a CT scan today, and it looked like my large intestine was pushed over a little and slightly enlarged on the right, but then I don’t really know what it should look like. Does this sound like possible IBD?

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Have you been tested for Hepatitis C?
    Many factors of getting hcv….your dentist, your tatoos, peircings, surgery of any kind, sharing drugs, no matter what kind. Mass incoculations. Sharing toothbrushes, razors and being in the service. Very rarely is HCV spread through sexual intercourse because not normally is there a passage allowing transfer. HCV is not an STD. It is a liver disease that kills!

    There is no vaccine for hcv. HCV is spread through transfer of blood. It is a blood borne infection infecti that can take up to 10 years before you realize you have it. Doctors simplify their blood labs and even though the ALT and AST levels in your blood shows withint normal ranges, you can still harbor active HCV.
    Symptoms of HCV vary and is wide spread. Skin rashes, hair loss, weight loss, severe fatigue and lethargy, Depression (usually the first sign or), other mental illnesses. HCV resides, once in your body, in every organ, every tissue. It can affect the heart, lungs, kidney’s.
    HCV KILLS THOUSANDS EVERY YEAR.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I get tested every year during my annual. Both my parents “had” and my stepdad “has” Hep C. When I found out, after my mom died, I immediately called my doctor for an appt. That was in 2002. I know that they all got from sharing needles with one another. And I don’t know how long they had it. My dad died in 1990 and he had it then, sooooooo?????? Thanks for all the information. Take care. :)

  28. QUESTION:
    What can I do to make myself poop?
    Yesterday I saw my GI doctor because I had not pooped in 11 days. When she listened to my abdomen, she heard no GI sounds. The X-Ray she ordered showed that my colon is backed up on the left side. But apparently not bad enough to need to be hospitalized. It also showed that I have sacroiliitis, which this doctor claimed to not even know what was.

    So the doctor gave me bisacodyl evac suppositories and bisacodyl ec 5 mg tablets. (Bisacodyl is Dulcolax). I used one suppository at 8 pm last night and 3 hours later made a little poo reminiscent of what you would find coming out of a rat. At 11 pm, I took two tablets. It is now past 8 am and I have only passed another tiny little poo.

    I do not think it is dietary, because I am on a macrobiotic diet, and eating a lot of fiber. Every day for breakfast I eat a bowl of oatmeal with some cinnamon. For lunch I eat a homemade vegan taco (pinto beans, tomatoes, corn, onions, green onions, jalapenos, and spices on a baked corn tortilla). For dinner I eat homemade split pea soup (split peas, onions, barley, brown rice, and curry powder). I also drink plenty of fluids, at least 12 cups of water a day. More, if I am thirsty.

    I take 4 meds: coumadin, iron, klor-con, and lasix. The coumadin is a blood thinner, I have had blood clots in my lungs 7 times. Iron is for anemia. Lasix is a diuretic precribed by the doctor because I have a condition called lymphedema, which causes my legs to swell and leak fluid. Klor-con is potassium, to replace what the lasix causes me to lose.

    Known medical conditions include: a nodule on my right lung base, lymphedema, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and neuropathy.

    They suspect Crohn’s disease as the cause of the GI problems, but this has not been validated by a colonoscopy. I cannot undergo that test due to my religious beliefs regarding being sedated and taking pain meds. Further, the meds used to treat Crohn’s disease all have a tendency to cause weight gain. Considering that a year ago, I weighed 500 lbs, I am not willing to sabotage my weight loss success (down 250 + lbs) by taking anything that will make me gain it back and be confined to a wheelchair again.

    So I would like to know what I can do to make myself poop. I have tried prune juice, have been taking miralax for 4 days now, twice a day, I’ve tried ingesting mineral oil, and used a warm enema. Nothing seems to work.

    • ANSWER:
      stop eating so much fiber!

  29. QUESTION:
    High levels of prolactin, tumor has been ruled out, what’s next?
    Also been tested for coeliac disease for unexplained weight loss attributed to high prolactin levels. Liver function slightly above normal, but I have Gilbert’s syndrome. Kidneys, thyroid, CBC, etc. are also normal. Only abnormal results are: – low white blood count, low neutrophil count. I’m having a platelet count being done because I suddenly started experiencing purpura, on my arms, chest and back. I also have a metallic taste in my mouth and suffer from lower back pain. Any ideas of what could be wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      I’ve had elevated prolactin since my teens on and off. Eventually, after many tests,and my periods completely stopping for 2 years a year ago, they decided the only possible answer was pituitary microadenomas. Sometimes these are so small they cannot be picked up easily in any scans. I have since started taking 5mg a day of Bromocriptine and almost all my symptoms have resolved. My weight has piled back on (I’m 5’6 and now weigh 135lbs and at my lowest was 103lbs), my periods and ovulation have returned to normal, and some of my unexplained constant nausea has disappeared.

      It’s definitely worth checking out the microadenoma route. It’s also worth noting that I have coeliac disease, low cortisol, asthma, eczema, and many, many allergies.

      Keep pushing for a diagnosis. Ask, if you haven’t already, to go specifically to a specialist endocrinology unit.

      Good luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    Celiac and Pregnancy, Crazy?
    Ok where do I start. For about 2 weeks I was experiencing some brown blood which I assumed to be my period? I finally came online and saw sometimes is could mean pregnancy but it means it’s a tubal pregnancy or miscarriage. Thing is I had my period, just brown and occasionally only spots of red for almost three weeks! I let that go. I’ve been having sharp pains in my left and right sides and my stomach is hard as a rock and the area below the “gut” and above the vagina is hard(I’ve heard this is linked to pregnancy?) I’ve also had extreme bloating feelings and gas along with diarrhea. And as well as weird cravings and bursts of hunger, but when I eat about 15 min later prob not even I’m having sharp pains. These are all symptoms of pregnancy I’m sure we’ll all agree. I’ve also researched some blogs with people who had the extreme bloating and sharp pains and 98% of them were pregnant.

    But, get this. My aunt was diagnosed with Celiac disease(gluten free diet, will eat away your small intestine)and it’s hereditary but she doesn’t even know who she could have got it from. Well let me just copy and paste symptoms I’ve found linked with it, I’ll mark it with * If I have it.

    What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

    Symptoms of celiac disease vary from person to person. Symptoms may occur in the digestive system or in other parts of the body. Digestive symptoms are more common in infants and young children and may include

    abdominal bloating and pain *
    chronic diarrhea *
    vomiting *only just today but sick feelings I’ve ignored too
    constipation *NO*
    pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool *NO*
    weight loss *NO, weight gain thats why i’m leaning toward pregnancy

    Adults are less likely to have digestive symptoms and may instead have one or more of the following:

    unexplained iron-deficiency anemia *NO*
    fatigue*NO*
    bone or joint pain *
    arthritis*NO*
    bone loss or osteoporosis
    depression or anxiety *OH YES*
    tingling numbness in the hands and feet *NO*
    seizures*NO*
    missed menstrual periods *Not sure yet, last one was brown
    infertility or recurrent miscarriage *Hope not
    canker sores inside the mouth *NO!*
    an itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis * NO*
    People with celiac disease may have no symptoms but can still develop complications of the disease over time. Long-term complications include malnutrition—which can lead to anemia, osteoporosis, and miscarriage, among other problems—liver diseases, and cancers of the intestine.

    Also, Celiac disease is both a disease of malabsorption—meaning nutrients are not absorbed properly—and an abnormal immune reaction to gluten. Celiac disease is also known as celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. Celiac disease is genetic, meaning it runs in families*MY AUNT*
    Sometimes the disease is triggered—or becomes active for the first time—after surgery, pregnancy*wow it can become apparent during pregnancy*, childbirth, viral infection, or severe emotional stress*I’ve been crying excessively and have been real sensitive*

    Forgot to also say something important. My period finally completely stopped yesterday but now, I’m having excessive urinating and just this morning i got morning sickness.
    OK so my point of showing you all this was I’m thinking, would I be pregnant AND starting to react to Celiac?? PLease someone research this. I would go to the doctor but I just got insurance a few days ago and it’s not active til Jan 14. I just wanna research this so I can go into the doctor’s telling them exactly what is wrong. Question is though, should I go to the Gynecologist or my regular Physician???

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your gp. They will do a blood test for pregnancy, and you will get your answer about that very soon.
      Then, tell him or her that your aunt was diagnosed with celiac and you would like a screening test should your pregnancy test come back negative.
      You can have active celiac with little to no symptoms. My symptoms were very, very mild anemia (low normal) and migraines with the occasional stomach ache. Pregnancy is probably what triggered my celiac.

      Your Aunt got celiac from her mother and father, it is as simple as that. Her parents were carriers and gave her the genes, she had something trigger it, just like I did, just like everyone who has celiac has happen to them. Since it runs in your family, please be aware of the signs and symptoms of childhood celiac.
      Good luck!

  31. QUESTION:
    PCOS but No Insurance, Advice?
    Okay, I have no insurance because I recently lost my job and am starting another one but they don’t offer insurance.. In the meantime, I have been eating extremely healthy and going to the gym 3-4x a week for an hour, working my butt off but I cant lose ANY weight! I am on the pill, but I’ve heard that metformin helps extremely, also with weight loss. I found a site where I can get it without a prescription and there is NO kidney/liver disease in my family.. so should I just order the pills and take them? If so, what would be the appropriate dosage? Theres no possible way I can afford to go to the doctor and get all the tests..I cant stand being overweight anymore and its making me depressed and fight with my boyfriend because im so insecure. HELP! Please!

    • ANSWER:
      The usual dose of Metformin is 1500 to 2000 mg for PCOS. The extended release has less gastric upset. Usually you start out with 500 mg, then after your body gets used to it for a few days to a week then increase to 1000 mg and so on.

      These supplements can help with PCOS too…..USP grade progesterone and niacin bound chromium (Chromate)

      Reducing carbs can help too. You are most like having a hard time losing weight due to the high glucose and insulin levels. I’ve been there and lost a little bit of weight after starting Metformin ER. I lost some more weight after starting raw apple cider vinegar (Braggs) before dinner. I put 2 teaspoons in a small glass of ice tea and drink before dinner. I also take digestive enzymes at least once a day and a fiber supplement.

  32. QUESTION:
    Alkaline Phosphatase level on my dogs blood work severely low…?
    Here’s the deal…I had diagnostic blood work done on my 2 year old pit bull. The ALP level was severely low.

    I know that when ALP levels are really low it could be one of several things: genetic bone defect, liver disease (ruled out), a dog being anemic (ruled out), malnutrition (ruled out), hypothyroidism (ruled out) , celiac disease, magnesium or zinc deficiency, menopause (ruled out because my dog is a neutered male.)

    The only things that I have yet to rule out are the magnesium and zinc levels and the celiac disease.
    The blood test alone just to check zinc levels is 0…I CAN NOT AFFORD THAT! I can do a magnesium test, because it is only …and I have no idea what Celiac Disease is, I have never heard of it! Can they even do a test to determine if he has Celiac Disease? (I don’t think I spelled it right!)

    Can anybody shed any new light on Alkaline Phosphatase levels for me and the severely low range blood results?

    His result is less than 5 and the normal ranges are from 20 to 150. I spoke with three different vets in my area about this and I knew way more about it than they did…weird seeing how I am just a concerned canine mother with no vet training whatsoever.

    It is really scary to me, cause I feel if ALP levels were not important, then it would not be measured on diagnostic blood work. It’s on there for a reason, right?

    Another important thing, I should add, is that the symptoms of low ALP levels in dogs are rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, intolerance to cold, severe weight loss, constipation and fatigue. My dog has ALL of these symptoms but one, severe weight loss.

    If I can not figure out what is causing my dog’s low ALP levels…just the symptoms alone could prove fatal long term.

    Can anyone shed any new light on any of this for me! Any Veterinarians or Vet Techs out there that have dealt with this before or either just have knowledge or suggestions for me?

    I appreciate your help in this area and I would like to humbly thank you in advance! I know this is not an easy topic…lol!

    Oh yeah, by the way, his other results of his Blood Work were within their normal ranges, but a few, and they were really close to being normal!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry you have to go through this.

      I can’t answer your question, but did some research on low ALKP levels:

      http://www.vetinfo.com/dalkphos.html

      http://www.ehow.com/facts_5974193_alkaline-phosphatase-levels-dogs_.html

      http://ahdc.vet.cornell.edu/clinpath/modules/chem/alkphos.htm

      * ETA: It sounds like all these lead to Cushing’s Disease. Is your dogs bell bloated? Are you noticing any hair loss/color change? It might be safe to at least rule out CD.

      * ETA 2: Celiac DIsease does NOT sound like what your dog has, based on what I found. It sounds like it’s just a gluten intolerance that can cause a bad reaction, found in Setters.

      http://www.ehow.com/about_5117452_signs-symptoms-celiac-disease-dogs.html

      Hope I’ve helped some, hope your pup gets better.

  33. QUESTION:
    does anyone knw any info about omeprazole im doin a drug project in health and i need something intersesting?
    *****DO NOT READDDD** ITS JUST THE INFO I GOT ALREADDYY.

    Omeprazole
    Generic Name: omeprazole (oh MEP ra zol)
    Brand names: Prilosec
    What is omeprazole?
    Omeprazole decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
    Omeprazole is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid. It is also used to promote healing of erosive esophagitis (damage to your esophagus caused by stomach acid).
    Omeprazole may also be given together with antibiotics to treat gastric ulcer caused by infection with helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).
    Omeprazole may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
    Important information omeprazole
    Before using omeprazole, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have heart disease or liver disease. You may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.
    Omeprazole is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
    Some conditions are treated with a combination of omeprazole and antibiotics. To best treat your condition, use all of your medications as directed by your doctor. Be sure to read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each of your medications. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.
    Take omeprazole for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the condition is completely treated.
    Prilosec OTC (over-the-counter) should be taken only once every 24 hours for 14 days. It may take up to 4 days for full effect. Do not take more than one tablet every 24 hours.
    Allow at least 4 months to pass before you start another 14-day treatment with Prilosec OTC. Call your doctor if you have additional symptoms and need treatment before the 4 months has passed.
    Heartburn is often confused with the first symptoms of a heart attack. Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain or heavy feeling, dizziness, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, sweating, nausea or vomiting, and a general ill feeling.
    Before taking omeprazole
    Do not use this medication if you are allergic to omeprazole.
    Ask a doctor or pharmacist about using this medicine if you have heart disease or liver disease. You may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take this medication.
    Some conditions are treated with a combination of omeprazole and antibiotics. To best treat your condition, use all of your medications as directed by your doctor. Be sure to read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each of your medications. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without advice from your doctor.
    Do not use over-the-counter omeprazole (Prilosec OTC) without the advice of a doctor if you have:
    •trouble or pain with swallowing;
    •bloody or black stools;
    •vomit that looks like blood or coffee grounds;
    •heartburn that has lasted for over 3 months;
    •frequent chest pain;
    •heartburn with wheezing;
    •unexplained weight loss;
    •nausea or vomiting; or
    •stomach pain.
    FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether omeprazole is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Omeprazole can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use omeprazole without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
    See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings in more detail
    Do not give omeprazole to a child without your doctor’s advice.
    Heartburn is often confused with the first symptoms of a heart attack. Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain or heavy feeling, dizziness, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, sweating, nausea or vomiting, and a general ill feeling.

    How should I take omeprazole?
    Omeprazole is not for immediate relief of heartburn symptoms.
    Take omeprazole exactly as directed on the label, or as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on the medicine label or on your prescription label.
    Omeprazole is usually taken before eating. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
    Do not crush, chew, or break an omeprazole enteric-coated tablet. Swallow the tablet whole. The enteric-coated tablet has a special coating to protect your stomach. Breaking the tablet could damage this coating.
    You may open the omeprazole delayed-release capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow this mixture right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Discard the empty capsule.
    Dissolve the powder in a small amount of water. Use 1 teaspoon of water for the 2.5-mg packet, or 1 tablespoon of water for the 10-mg packet. Let the mixture stand for 2 or 3 minutes, then stir and drink right away. To make sure you get the entire dose, ad

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.justanswer.com/tags/medical/omeprazole?r=ppc|ga|6|Health+-+Topics|Omeprazole&JPKW=omeprazole&JPDC=S&JPST=&JPAD=4555435732&JPAF=txt&JPCD=20100304&JPRC=1&gclid=CIXl5tb2rqACFctx5QodH3XAaQ

  34. QUESTION:
    I had my Dog put down yesterday (he was 10) – did I do the right thing?
    I had my 10 year old dog put down last night and now I racked with guilt in case I made the wrong decision.

    He was diagnosed 6 months ago with Hepatitis, Liver failure and a progressive heart murmur and was put on medication and a special diet. All semed to be going well and he gained a healthy weight and was bouncy and lively. Then in September he started itching and nibbling his skin . The vet said he thought his immunity levels meant he had become sensitive to dust and we decided on putting him on pirirton…however as sptember wore on the itching got worse despite the piriton and then last saturday he scratched his back so much he made himself bleed. I called the vet and they suggested bathing him and increase the dose.

    Also, during the last 2/3 weeks he was constanly looking for food and when we were walking his nose was sniffing the ground insesantly…more so than usual…

    I took him to the vets on Thursday and the vet looked at him and commented that in the last few weeks since he saw him last he had lost weight and although he still was lively and happy, he felt it was a little too much weight. Then he saw his back and explained that apart from the sore and bleeding areas his skin was badly bruised from the scratching and he was in a lot of discomfort.

    IHe then said that we only had one option left to try and it was a long shot and potentially for Zorro could be dangerous with his heart. He said we could try a short course of cortesone pills (5 days) to see if it helped, however with his heart the chances are that he would build up dangerous levels of fluid around his heart and could easily collapse and die.

    He also explained that he felt Zorro was in the final stages of the liver disease and that his liver was struggling to process the blood – hence the itching.

    I said no, I didn’t want him to suffer any more and I had him put to sleep..

    What I can’t get over is that he was so lively and bouncy – despite the itching and weight loss and scavaging..and thats why I feel so guilty…plus when I came out of the consulting room alone…the receptionist said “was he ill then?” which made me feel like I had done something wrong…

    Did I make the wrong decision?

    • ANSWER:
      May be if your heart says that it is wrong then it is wrong . if your heart says it was good dission then fine . descide your self .
      besause no buddy nows what was the possition may be .
      bye.

  35. QUESTION:
    My husband is no fun since he quit drinking?
    My husband and I have always had a taste for the good life. Fine wine, cocktails, fancy restaurants, etc. My husband in particular has a strong passion for spirits and wine. He actually built a bar in the basement that rivals many I’ve seen in five-star restaurants.

    Unfortunately, my husband had to quit drinking a few months ago at the advice of his personal physician. The doctor ran some blood work and informed my husband that his liver enzymes were elevated. Upon further testing, they discovered that he also showed the early signs of liver disease.

    Anyway, at first I was fully supportive of him abstaining from alcohol . I mean, he’s my husband and I care about his health and well-being. However, these past two months I’ve noticed some significant changes in his personality and even his appearance.

    I can’t quite put my finger on it, but my husband seems to have lost that “spark” that he once had. He rarely wants to go out anymore. In fact he barely even leaves the house at all. His voice has become sort of dull and flat; almost emotionless. He’s lost contact with many of his friends and work acquaintances.

    Our love life has taken a significant turn for the worse as well. His libido has just gone kaput. Marital relations have become a chore for him now instead of an integral and enjoyable part of our marriage.

    I’d also estimate that he’s lost about 20-25lbs. The weight loss is even affecting the structure of his face. This is not the man I married.

    Suffice to say, I WANT MY HUSBAND BACK!

    It’s my understanding that liver disease is a very slowly progressive disease. He probably has decades of binge-drinking in him before any significant problems arise. How can I convince him to disregard his doctor’s instructions and live life to its fullest again?

    • ANSWER:
      he’s depressed because without the alcohol clouding his brain he has realized what a selfish bitch of a wife he has.

  36. QUESTION:
    Question about metfomin?
    Biguanide, a type of oral antihyperglycemic agent, does not increase insulin secretion from the pancreas and thus does not cause hypoglycemia. Since it works by decreasing glucose production by the liver; it decrease intestinal absorption of glucose; and it improves insulin receptor sensitivity in the liver, skeletal muscles, and adipose tissues.

    Now biguanides, or specifically metformin, are a type of the most commonly used medication for type-2 diabetes, a couple of questions have triggered my attention. Knowing that overweight or obesity can lead to many serious complications if left untreated. Can an overweight or obese individual with no type-2 diabetes take this type of medication for the primarily purpose of weight or fat reduction (as many of the mechanism of action do contribute to weight loss)? Other than the adverse effect of the medication, what would to be down-side of doing so? Will non-alcoholic fatty liver disease be a potential complication of this treatment?

    Thanks for answering in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Actually Metformin has been demonstrated to be useful for such, particularly when metabolism is impaired as it is in treated schizophrenics. The advantage of Metformin is that it is impossible for it to induce hypoglycemia, which most other antidiabetic medications can do.

      It’s been shown to nearly halt the overwhelming weight gain associated with use of Zyprexa. It’s an older medicatio, and quite safe.

      As for downsides, possible nutritional problems. Really not many. You’re rather off label though. The studies that have been done haven’t shown any problems, but there’s only a couple of small scale ones.

      Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a pretty unusual complication, sometimes related to certain drugs. Since weight loss tends to antagonize NAFLD, and metformin is used to treat it, I can’t think of any reason in particular why it should be a complication.

  37. QUESTION:
    Health Question! I NEED HELP FAST! HELP?
    The essential nutrient missing from the list below is _____.

    * Protein
    * Fat
    * Vitamins
    * Minerals
    * Water

    (Points: 2)

    2. Which of the following is an almost perfect source of protein?
    (Points: 2)
    Eggs

    Salmon

    Chicken

    Chicken

    3. Complex carbohydrates provide the body with long-lasting energy.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    4. Eating these fats may lower your bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, thus decreasing your risk of developing heart disease.
    (Points: 2)
    Saturated fats

    Unsaturated fats

    Trans fats

    5. How do vitamins help to keep the body healthy?
    (Points: 2)
    They provide long-term energy.

    They regulate chemical reactions in the body.

    They maintain normal body temperature.

    They help release energy stored in other nutrients.

    6. Major minerals include: (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    folate.

    calcium.

    sodium.

    potassium.

    7. Although usually diagnosed in adults, which of the following diseases is now being diagnosed in young people?
    (Points: 2)
    Heart disease

    Fatty liver disease

    Type 2 diabetes

    Lung cancer

    8. The Nutrition Facts label contains information on which of the following? (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    Saturated fat

    Expiration dates

    Ingredients

    Sodium

    9. Sometimes a package will contain much more than one serving size.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    10. Which of the following is not an FDA-approved food label claim?
    (Points: 2)
    Healthy

    High energy

    Low sodium

    Organically natural

    11. Which of the following snacks are healthy? (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    Potato chips

    Tortilla chips with salsa

    Soft pretzels with mustard

    Air-popped popcorn

    12. Meals at fast-food restaurants can be healthy.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    13. When your body is at rest, your body still burns calories. This is called your _____.
    (Points: 2)
    Basal Metabolic Rate

    Calorie Depletion Rate

    Body Frame

    Calorie Use Rate

    14. Boys should have more body fat than girls.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    15. Which of the following are not emotional health problems that can be caused by being overweight or obese?
    (Points: 2)
    Low self-esteem

    Negative body image

    Apnea

    None of the above are emotional health problems that can be caused by being overweight or obese.

    16. Which of the following is not a characteristic of a fad diet? (Choose 2)
    (Points: 2)
    Emphasizes one particular food or food type

    Encourages physical exercise

    Promises dramatic results

    Severely restricts calorie intake

    17. A healthy weight-loss plan must include which of the following?
    (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    Increase in calorie intake

    A visit to the doctor

    Physical activity

    Following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    18. People never die from food-borne illnesses.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    19. Always use _____ soapy water when cleaning cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops to prevent the spread of bacteria.
    (Points: 2)

    20. The four simple steps to food safety are clean, separate, _____, and chill.
    (Points: 2)

    Answers:
    1. Carbs
    2. Eggs
    3. False
    4. Unsaturated
    5. Some protect you immune system
    6. Mag & Phos.
    7. Thye 2
    8. Serving size, Precent Daily Value, and Calories from fat
    9. True
    10. Organically Natural
    11. Chocolate-covered raisins and diet sode
    12. True
    13. Basal
    14. False
    15. Apnea
    16. B & D
    17. B, C, & D
    18. False
    19.Hot
    20. Cook

    AM I RIGHT?!

    • ANSWER:
      illuminati

  38. QUESTION:
    HOMEWORK HELP! I HAVE THE ANSWERS! I JUST NEED HELP CHECKING THEM! HELP?
    The essential nutrient missing from the list below is _____.

    * Protein
    * Fat
    * Vitamins
    * Minerals
    * Water

    (Points: 2)

    2. Which of the following is an almost perfect source of protein?
    (Points: 2)
    Eggs

    Salmon

    Chicken

    Chicken

    3. Complex carbohydrates provide the body with long-lasting energy.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    4. Eating these fats may lower your bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, thus decreasing your risk of developing heart disease.
    (Points: 2)
    Saturated fats

    Unsaturated fats

    Trans fats

    5. How do vitamins help to keep the body healthy?
    (Points: 2)
    They provide long-term energy.

    They regulate chemical reactions in the body.

    They maintain normal body temperature.

    They help release energy stored in other nutrients.

    6. Major minerals include: (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    folate.

    calcium.

    sodium.

    potassium.

    7. Although usually diagnosed in adults, which of the following diseases is now being diagnosed in young people?
    (Points: 2)
    Heart disease

    Fatty liver disease

    Type 2 diabetes

    Lung cancer

    8. The Nutrition Facts label contains information on which of the following? (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    Saturated fat

    Expiration dates

    Ingredients

    Sodium

    9. Sometimes a package will contain much more than one serving size.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    10. Which of the following is not an FDA-approved food label claim?
    (Points: 2)
    Healthy

    High energy

    Low sodium

    Organically natural

    11. Which of the following snacks are healthy? (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    Potato chips

    Tortilla chips with salsa

    Soft pretzels with mustard

    Air-popped popcorn

    12. Meals at fast-food restaurants can be healthy.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    13. When your body is at rest, your body still burns calories. This is called your _____.
    (Points: 2)
    Basal Metabolic Rate

    Calorie Depletion Rate

    Body Frame

    Calorie Use Rate

    14. Boys should have more body fat than girls.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    15. Which of the following are not emotional health problems that can be caused by being overweight or obese?
    (Points: 2)
    Low self-esteem

    Negative body image

    Apnea

    None of the above are emotional health problems that can be caused by being overweight or obese.

    16. Which of the following is not a characteristic of a fad diet? (Choose 2)
    (Points: 2)
    Emphasizes one particular food or food type

    Encourages physical exercise

    Promises dramatic results

    Severely restricts calorie intake

    17. A healthy weight-loss plan must include which of the following?
    (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    Increase in calorie intake

    A visit to the doctor

    Physical activity

    Following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    18. People never die from food-borne illnesses.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    19. Always use _____ soapy water when cleaning cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops to prevent the spread of bacteria.
    (Points: 2)

    20. The four simple steps to food safety are clean, separate, _____, and chill.
    (Points: 2)

    Answers:
    1. Carbs
    2. Eggs
    3. False
    4. Unsaturated
    5. Some protect you immune system
    6. Mag & Phos.
    7. Thye 2
    8. Serving size, Precent Daily Value, and Calories from fat
    9. True
    10. Organically Natural
    11. Chocolate-covered raisins and diet sode
    12. True
    13. Basal
    14. False
    15. Apnea
    16. B & D
    17. B, C, & D
    18. False
    19.Hot
    20. Cook

    AM I RIGHT?!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I’m pretty sure. Man this is a lot. I’m surprised u type this all.

  39. QUESTION:
    Metformin Help Please.?
    I am 54, female and i weigh 180 pounds. I am insulin resistant.

    My aic is 6.1 and my insulin 16. My cholesterol is high, triglycerides are high, same for hdl and ldl both way off.
    I am hypothyroid as well and have been for 10 plus years now. I have a major ANXIETY disorder that I deal with daily and agoraphobia from it. I also have a fatty liver, not fatty liver disease but a fatty liver from all the high cholesterol and high insulin levels. My fastings range from 100 to 117 daily. My two hour fasting are mostly under 145 but when I eat ice cream will soar to 161 or 169, so I don’t eat it often. My Dr. convinced me to try Metformin because it has been impossible for me to lose even one pound! I eat pretty good most of the time but i DO need to exercise More consistently!!!! so my question is, I am to take Metformin 500 mgs once a day for now, till I see my Dr. again. This is NOT A TIME RELEASED DOSE. It is regular. So when should I take it? and when will I see results in in lowered blood sugar and lowered fasting? I’m really hoping that this will help with some weight loss? Does Metformin help lower cholesterol? I am to increase my exercise as well to help lower cholesterol stuff, I take a fish oil to hopefully help with all the other stuff too. I do not want to get diabetes 2, so I am motivated. I am on the cusp of not having it and having it, I could flip either way depending on how diligent I am with diet and exercise…any thoughts would be so much appreciated!!!
    Tabea, thank you for all the usefull information and to all the others who have been so very helpful. Tabea my A1c was first at 6.2 and I got it down to 5.7 then took extra liberties thinking I could go back up a bit and thats when it jumped up to the 6.1. I dont want to know what it is right now. I want to just get on the Metformin and the right way of eating, I dont even want to think of it as ‘diet”. I want my pepsi though but for now I guess diet will have to suffice. I will take Metformin 500 mgs a day with breakfast in hopes that even if it helps to quell my appetite some then that in and of it’s self will be helpfull. thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should take Metformin. Metformin aids in weight loss and helps your glucose numbers. Metformin is a prescription medication licensed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. In addition to lowering blood sugar, metformin may have additional benefits, including the following:

      Decreasing hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels
      Helping with weight loss
      Lowering total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”)
      Raising HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”)
      Increasing fertility in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome
      Decreasing miscarriages in women with PCOS.

      Improvements in Fasting Blood Sugar and Hemoglobin A1c
      In one study, people who took metformin reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by 53 mg/dL on average, while people who did not take metformin had an increase in their fasting blood sugar levels.

      Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a test used to measure long-term blood sugar control in people with diabetes. Normal HbA1c levels are usually less than 6 percent in people without diabetes, and people with diabetes usually have higher HbA1c levels. In one study, people who took metformin reduced their HbA1c levels by 1.4 percent, compared to a gain of 0.4 percent in people who did not take metformin.

      I would definitely advise you to take Metformin it has helped me tremendously. I saw results after 3 weeks although the first two weeks were pretty bad with the stomach, diahrrea, nausea but after two weeks and eating before I took it these symptoms lessened. I have lost weight, cleared my skin, lowered my cholesterol from 250 to 140. My glucose after meals (2 hours) 130. You can ditch the fish oil. Fasting 100. I take it three times a day 500mg each. I take it before meals as to prevent upset stomach. I started with less and built up to this amount and to this day after 3 months I am still losing weight. I do exercise though but before I couldn’t lose a pound even though I exercised 2 hours a day. Now I do 30 min every 3 days. Hey, I drink a regular soda every now and then with Metformin without a problem and I eat icecream at least twice a week. With Metformin I don’t feel as restricted although I still watch my carbs and eat small meals its all portion control for me not really a “diet”.

      If you’re not sure try it and see how it goes. Follow your doctors advice. Smart doctor.

      Hope this helps.

  40. QUESTION:
    Ascites with young dogs?
    About two months ago Lola, my 1 year old Chihuahua mix puppy developed ascites along side rapid weight loss and other symptoms. Our vet ran a series of tests to discover a severe lack of protein in her body and the accumulated fluid associated with the ascites to be pretty much just water.

    At first the thought is she has liver disease but after urine analysis it was concluded to be a problem with the GI track. We have her on holistic medication which is improving how she feels but the accumulation of fluid persists.

    She is on a low fat high protein diet, eats heartily, sleeps soundly, has energy for walks, and sometimes even feels like playing. But the poor little thing is so bloated all the neighbors think she is pregnant. Has anyone experienced something like this with such a young dog?

    Much of my research unfolded scientific resources about the diseases associated with ascites but I rarely find a detail from other dog owners. I will take her soon to a third vet who has been referred but am still curious to hear accounts from others.

    If a dog pulls through this how long will that take?

    Praying for the best!
    Based on the tests results, two different vets diagnosed her with a GI track problem but neither were able to say exactly what that is. The prognosis was that if we can get her back to health she will be okay. The first vet we visited mentioned wanting to refer me to a internist if the test results showed there to be a liver problem but that was not the case.

    The fluid was tested and I was told it really had nothing in it, i.e. is basically water. And we are picking up a diuretic tomorrow.

    • ANSWER:
      Ascites is quite rare in young dogs. Most times it is due to cardiac issues. The heart is unable to pump effectively which causes the fluid to build up in the abdomen. Has the fluid itself been analyzed? Before the ascites can be treated the cause needs to be found. You might want to ask for a referral to a veterinary internist. A prognosis cannot really be determined until there is a diagnosis. The two cases that I have seen in young dogs resolved quite well once the causes were determined and the conditions were treated appropriately. One puppy had an issue with a cardiac infection and the other had liver issues.

  41. QUESTION:
    Do I really need a liver biopsy?
    I am a 35 year old male, overweight (5’10″ and 280lbs). About 6 months ago, blood tests showed elevated liver enzymes. I was told to follow up with a liver specialist. 6 months went by (procrastination), another blood test was taken, and my enzyme numbers were even higher (sorry I don’t have specifics).

    I had an ultrasound done, which showed no lesions, and the diagnosis was “fatty liver”. My liver doctor wants me to get a biopsy, since all blood tests for specific diseases have come back negative.

    My question is: is this necessary at this point? In my research, it seems the result of the biopsy only affects treatment (which is usually weight loss) in a small percentage of cases. Others recommend a period of gradual weight loss for 3 months, followed by the enzyme tests again, to see if they have gone down, and only then to have a biopsy performed if they haven’t.

    My main concern is the 1 in 10,000 mortality rate for liver biopsy. Good odds, yes. Great odds? No. What are the risks of skipping the biopsy, starting a weight loss program, and checking back in in 3 months?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi lugubrious,

      Biopsy is both the “gold standard” for diagnosis of liver diseases and yet still highly controversial.

      I did a Google search for “role of liver biopsy” and came up with many articles discussing the pros and cons.

      http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22role+of+liver+biopsy%22&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=

      Like you said, you pretty much know that the very first thing you need to do is change your eating and exercise habits and lose weight. Being obese alone can cause elevated liver enzymes. It sounds like you are strongly leaning toward putting it off and I think you would find scientists who would support that decision.

      Please check out my other answer about fatty liver, with more information about diet and treatment, here:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgBYc7MaQcF0_LkPd5EEgKvty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090104031733AAqozea&show=7#profile-info-oAyfPk2oaa

      I hope that helps some!

      Good luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    Health Homework Help Please and Thank You?
    6. Cardiovascular fitness exercises strengthen which two organs?
    A. Heart and brain

    B. Liver and lungs

    C. Brain and liver

    D. Heart and lungs

    7. What five fitness goals should you set for any comprehensive fitness program?
    A. Flexibility, endurance, substantial weight loss, proper nutrition, and muscle power
    B. Disease prevention, fad diets, coordination, muscular bulk, and relaxation

    C. Flexibility, endurance, muscle power, proper nutrition and weight control, and relaxation
    D. Disease prevention, endurance, tight muscles, fast-food diet, and thin appearance

    8. Which of the following is the major cause of most back problems?
    A. Muscular weakness and lack of flexibility

    B. Long drives in an automobile

    C. A poor mattress

    D. Unaligned posture

    9. High blood pressure is the major risk factor for
    A. cancer.

    B. stroke.

    C. osteoporosis.

    D. muscular atrophy.

    • ANSWER:
      Cardiovascular strengthens heart and lungs (D)
      Fitness goals would be…. C. Think about it – substantial weight loss (sorry, read it as sustainable first) fad diets, and fast-food diets are not good goals
      All could be causes for back problems, but my guess would be A – muscular weakness as this is the only answer that health/fitness can affect.
      And HBP is a major risk factor for stroke (B)

  43. QUESTION:
    My Dog WON’T Eat Solid Food…?
    My dog has chronic active hepatitis (hepatic “liver” disease) and because of it will randomly go off her food…
    This is perfectly normal as this fasting period gives the liver cells time to recover and rejuvenate.
    Normally she’s off it for about 2 weeks at most, and during this period of time the vet gives us a high calorie supplement to give her through a syringe to keep her energy level up and at least make her feel a little better (this formula requires very little action from the liver as far as digestion goes)

    Its been 2 weeks now though and she still hasn’t started eating again and of course weight loss is now becoming an issue.
    The vet told us to try liquefying some of her food and feeding it to her through the syringe just once a day to see if she’ll keep it down…
    At first we were just using cottage cheese with her calorie supplement and she was doing great with it! so the vet said, put some rice in now for carbs (still small enough to fit through the syringe) and maybe some oatmeal.

    As soon as there is a HINT of solid anything in the food though she just spits it out more or less… She’ll suck the liquid down and hold the solids in her mouth and then dump it out…

    Does anyone know of any carbohydrates that liquify well??

    (All the foods I’ve listed above have been approved by my vet as safe to feed my dog so don’t tell me that its not alright to give her said foods.)

    Any and all sugestions will also be run past the vet prior to consumption!

    Thanks!
    Thanks to both of you!
    Those are all great and I’ll definitely be trying them out.
    Mashed potatoes sounds like a fantastic option!
    Thanks everyone!
    This is FANTASTIC.

    I’m not going to bother inquiring about the drugs only because of the condition…
    Chronic “Active” Hepatitis means the the disease is active and constantly killing more liver cells… The only way around it is to remove the damaged liver segmant which we’re not willing to do because she is 12 years old… so Its pretty much a terminal ailment. Drugging the dog up only makes it harder for the functioning cells of the liver to work normally. She is getting milk thistle to help the cells try to rejuvenate quicker though.
    She is doing great for being so sick!

    Thanks for your support!
    I want you all to know that her quality of life has in now way been sufficed by this.
    She still wakes up excited to see me every morning, plays fetch and goes for walks and she by no means has no energy.
    Its a simple side effect of her condition and any vet wil tell you that as long as the dog is happy and has things in life that it likes then who are you to take that away from them.
    Please keep your rude comments to yourself as you’ve clearly never been in a situation like this.

    • ANSWER:
      mashed potato, slow release energy breakfast cereals e.g. porridge, replacement milk for lactating mother dogs ( i know shes not lactating but its a liquid and contains extra nutrients that pregnant/nursing mothers need)

      Thats all I can think of at the moment but hope your dog gets better soon and well done you for sticking by her.

  44. QUESTION:
    There once was a man from Peru, who dreamed he was eating a shoe…?
    He awoke in a fright
    In the middle of the night
    And found it was perfectly true.

    Then he died because the shoe contained lead.

    Lead is the 5th most utilized metal in the U.S. Human exposure to lead occurs primarily through drinking water, airborne lead-containing particulates, and lead-based paints. The primary source of lead in drinking water is from lead-based plumbing materials. The corrosion of such materials will continue to increase concentrations of lead in municipal drinking water. The EPA actually allows small amounts of lead to be present in our tap water due to this insurmountable problem. Lead from water and airborne sources have been shown to accumulate in agricultural areas leading to increased concentrations in agricultural produce and farm animals. Cigarette smoke is also a significant source of lead exposure.

    Lead is one of the most toxic elements naturally occurring on Earth. High concentrations of lead can cause irreversible brain damage, seizure, coma, and death if not treated immediately. Evidence suggests that lead may cause fatigue, irritability, memory problems, reduction in sensory and motor reaction times, decision making impairment, and lapses in concentration. In adults, lead is very detrimental to the cardiovascular system. Occupationally exposed individuals tend to have higher blood pressure and are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction, and stroke. The kidneys are targets of lead toxicity and prone to impairment at moderate to high levels of lead concentrations. Other signs/symptoms of lead toxicity include gastrointestinal disturbances, abdominal pain, cramps, constipation, anorexia and weight loss, immunosuppression, and some liver impairment.

    Children absorb lead much more efficiently than adults do after exposure and are susceptible to the most damaging effects of lead toxicity. Lead not only appears to affect cognitive development of young children but also other areas of neuropsychological function. Young children exposed to lead may exhibit mental retardation, learning difficulties, shortened attention spans (ADHD), increased behavioral problems (aggressive behaviors) and reduced physical growth. Lead has been determined by many health experts to be the #1 threat to developing children in our industrial societies.

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_lead_do_for_the_body

    • ANSWER:
      Actually he died because I knifed him repeatedly in the night while he was eating his shoe.

  45. QUESTION:
    i need help with my pennfoster work?
    2. Which of the following is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
    A. Getting less than six hours of sleep a night
    B. Developing muscular bulk
    C. Monitoring your diet
    D. Exercising at least three hours each day

    3. Which of the following is good for your health?
    A. Smoking
    B. Positive behavioral change
    C. Substance abuse
    D. Eating fatty foods

    4. Which of these factors is most important in your fitness program?
    A. Consistency
    B. Joining a health club
    C. Doing stretching exercises
    D. Using mirrors in your exercise program

    5. Which of the following statements is true?
    A. Unexercised muscles turn into fat.
    B. Unexercised muscles lose bulk but don’t atrophy.
    C. Regular exercise makes muscles firm and strong.
    D. Exercise slows down your metabolism.

    6. Cardiovascular fitness exercises strengthen which two organs?
    A. Heart and brain
    B. Liver and lungs
    C. Brain and liver
    D. Heart and lungs

    7. What five fitness goals should you set for any comprehensive fitness program?
    A. Flexibility, endurance, substantial weight loss, proper nutrition, and muscle power
    B. Disease prevention, fad diets, coordination, muscular bulk, and relaxation
    C. Flexibility, endurance, muscle power, proper nutrition and weight control, and relaxation
    D. Disease prevention, endurance, tight muscles, fast-food diet, and thin appearance

    8. Which of the following is the major cause of most back problems?
    A. Muscular weakness and lack of flexibility
    B. Long drives in an automobile
    C. A poor mattress
    D. Unaligned posture

    9. High blood pressure is the major risk factor for
    A. cancer.
    B. stroke.
    C. osteoporosis.
    D. muscular atrophy.

    10. Endorphins help rid the body of
    A. cholesterol.
    B. fat.
    C. sodium.
    D. acid.

    11. Good health was once viewed as a combination of
    A. having a good doctor and eating three hearty meals a day.
    B. possessing good personal habits and good luck.
    C. living in the right place and possessing good personal habits.
    D. good luck and the right parentage.

    12. To maintain a healthy weight, it’s important to avoid being
    A. five pounds or more overweight.
    B. 10 percent or more over the suggested weight for your height.
    C. either overweight or underweight.
    D. underweight by five pounds or more.

    13. Who is primarily responsible for your health?
    A. You
    B. Your doctor
    C. Your family
    D. The medical care system

    14. Which of the following statements is true regarding the benefits of managing your health?
    A. Your self-esteem will decrease.
    B. You’ll have more energy and improved cardiovascular health.
    C. Your metabolism will decrease, allowing for higher caloric intake.
    D. Your stress levels will increase.

    15. There’s no health advantage to changing your weight if
    A. it’s within the range on the weight tables.
    B. you feel energetic.
    C. your waist-to-hip ratio places you at risk.
    D. you’ve never been successful at dieting.

    16. Personal fitness trainers usually work with
    A. employees in a corporation.
    B. parks and recreation departments.
    C. individuals seeking a more personalized workout.
    D. hospital nutritionists.

    17. According to this study unit, which of the following is acceptable nutritional advice?
    A. Lose weight as fast as you can.
    B. Skip one meal a day, other than breakfast.
    C. Eat every meal quickly to speed up your metabolism.
    D. Eat three meals a day at regular times.

    18. What is the number of beats per minute for an average resting heart?
    A. 64
    B. 72
    C. 80
    D. 96

    19. Which of the following is considered a fitness goal?
    A. Watching a physical exercise program on television
    B. Obtaining optimal weight where you feel your best and you have healthy eating habits
    C. Relaxing for 10 minutes once a week
    D. Developing muscles only by lifting weights

    20. Which of the following statements is true?
    A. Lungs are strengthened through cardiovascular exercise.
    B. Inactive people find it easier to change lifestyle habits than active people.
    C. Regular exercise softens bones.
    D. Psychiatrists avoid recommending exercise as a way of dealing with depression.

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not solicit answers on Y!A, as this is considered cheating.
      If you need help, please contact the school.

      Penn Foster

  46. QUESTION:
    I’m suddenly sensitive to alcohol and aspartame!?
    I have been ill with an unknown illness for 10 months now. The symptoms sprung up spontaneously and are: extreme fatigue, vertigo, weight gain, dizziness, inability to focus, loss of balance, mental confusion and a swollen, bloated belly, even when (and especially when) I fast. (I fast because everything I eat makes me nauseous). I have seen the doctor numerous times and had extensive blood work done with no answers. I finally decided to keep a food diary to see if it’s something I’m eating. The result: after consuming alcohol or aspartame-laden soda, I awaken lethargic, nauseous and with a swollen belly. It would seem my liver is unhappy with these two substances. I am not an alcoholic (I can’t drink more than 2 glasses of wine, and generally only have one drink a month at the most). My mother has Hepatitis C and is concerned that my symptoms signal liver disease, although there is no way I caught Hep C from her.

    Any of this sound familiar to anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you had your blood sugars checked lately? I am experiencing some weird symptoms when i eat/don’t eat and my doctor is having me keep a food diary and measuring my blood glucose levels when I have an episode. Alchohol is mostly carbs which could raise your blood sugar levels, and there is also something called red wine syndrome. I don’t know about the soda. Also if you’re fasting, maybe your blood sugar is dropping low and you are hypoglycemic. My heart starts to pound when I haven’t eaten.

      I know how frustrating it is when the doctor says there is nothing wrong, because I’ve been going thru this for Years!!!
      Maybe you need to see a gastroenterologist (stomach problems) or an endrocinologist (blood sugar). Anyway, good luck. (to both of us!)

  47. QUESTION:
    can someone just help me out a little bit about hiv/aids? I will give 10 points and answer any question you ha?
    Please, I just really don’t want to hear your bs about how nothing but a hit test can diagnose it. This is know, I know a lot about this and it has scared me since I was a little girl. I went in just for a physical a few weeks ago and everything came back normal. Now, reading up on the disease, it scares me cause I had either once had a symptom or currently do. Or some I think are symptoms but are something else. I had a light cough for a while, I had night sweats like 4 weeks ago, but it was only 3 times and not no more, I have like two white head on my chest and karatosis pillaris (which apparently effects 40% of the world and has nothing to do with the disease), dandruff (not severe) and weight loss.. but I have had weird eating habits eating junk and not much of it but gained back 8 lbs in a few weeks after eating better, the big one is my fiancee got kind of flu sick after I met him and we had sex like 6 times (5 with condom) and that was years ago, and I know about getting sick after getting it like 2-4 weeks after, I also have slight vision problems that I am now noticing on purpose that I may or may not have had all my life and don’t know if it is retinal detachment or something.. I see fine, no blurriness or whatever, just when I look at a light and look at another light and alternate looking at them back and forth I notice kind of a refractive trail, it is not very apparent, also I have a canker sore for bout a week. I am seriously freaking out here and don’t know if I am over reacting but I need SOME measurement. YES I am going to get properly tested for HIV, all I want is someone to reassure me that something is a good sign I don’t have AIDS, not HIV. Just so I can go to sleep here. I read up on CBC’s and i get conflicting answers. leukopenia indicate aids/hiv amongst other things which is what I read on all medical sites but then people say it would not show up abnormal (low)? Then I think about the cells that indicate, well normal wbc ranges from 4500-10000 and friggen t4 only accounts for 1000 of them? some doctor told me it is more complicated than that. What I am saying, is if I had AIDS, I know t4 is what is screwed up, but as infections come into play or cancers as a result, would it likely bare some sort of other abnormalities in blood or other symptoms or whatever? I don’t even know if my cbc came with differential, I just asked for a cbc. I was told over the phone the next day hemoglobin, liver kidney function, thyroid, wbc, rbc, all came back normal as well as pap and all that. Can someone please give m some temporary relief that I am worrying over nothing and why before I go in? Please don’t scare me anymore than I already am

    • ANSWER:
      personally i think you have nothing to worry about jusf stay calm and get tested good look

  48. QUESTION:
    Herbal medicine for cirrhosis?
    My sister had Inherited diseases of iron disorder (hereditary hemochromatosis) from my father. This diseases damage her liver cell and her liver had a small scar (cirrhosis). She has never been drink or got chronic hepatitis B and C. But She still has gone through everday with the signs and symptoms of cirrhosis — weight loss, fatigue, sleepless, abdoment pain. Everybody has any suggestion or any different medicine such as Herbal herbs and nutritional supplements , please tell us.

    • ANSWER:
      Your sister is no doubt being followed by a hematologist for her hemochromatosis and probably gets routine transfusions. The ONLY things she should be taking are what her doctor has prescribed. I’m sure that you love her and want to help her and you may feel helpless to do so. But please do not solicit suggestions. The majority of the people who answer these questions have no medical background, no understandiing of anatomy and physiology, no knowledge of the disease process. Any advice given could be potentially harmful. The best help you can give your sister is to make sure she follows her doctor’s advice, give her emotional support and assist her in her daily activities.

  49. QUESTION:
    Do I have colon cancer?
    I’m not going crap everday like I used too. But when I do go crap it’s one normal sized and shaped piece and another ribbion like piece of crap.

    Abdominal distension: Nope
    Abdominal pain: Nope
    Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
    Unexplained weight loss: Nope
    Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): nope
    Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: I dont’ think so?
    Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
    RectalAnorectal fistulas
    Colon cancer
    Colorectal polyps
    Digital rectal exam
    Hemorrhoids
    Imperforate anus
    Imperforate anus repair
    Inflatable artificial sphincter
    Proctitis
    Rectal biopsy
    Rectal cancer, x-ray pain: Nope
    Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I’m 20.
    A personal history of colorectalColon cancer
    Colorectal polyps cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
    InflammatoryInflammatory bowel disease
    Ulcerative colitis intestinalAmebic liver abscess
    Barium enema
    Colorectal polyps
    Colostomy
    Gastrointestinal bleeding
    Gastrointestinal disorders – resources
    Gastrointestinal perforation
    Intestinal gas
    Intestinal leiomyoma
    Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction repair conditions: Nope
    Inherited disordersAdjustment disorder
    Anorexia nervosa
    Asperger syndrome
    Autism
    Autoimmune disorders
    Bipolar disorder
    Bipolar disorder
    Bleeding disorders
    Borderline personality disorder
    Bulimia
    Chronic motor tic disorder that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn’t cause a problem for me. Basiclly it’s not active most of the time.
    FamilyBirth control and family planning
    Choosing a primary care provider
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    Family troubles – resources history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps. My parents who are over 50 both got colonoscapes, neither one of them had any polyps.
    Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
    A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
    Diabetes: Nope
    Obesity: I’m only 145 pounds
    Smoking. I don’t smoke
    Alcohol: I don’t drink
    Growth hormone disorder: I don’t think so.
    Radiation therapy for cancer: I’ve never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      Every person has changes with their stool don’t worry. You can get an over the counter fecal blood test . See what that indicates.

  50. QUESTION:
    Do i have colon cancer?
    I’m not going crap everday like I used too. But when I do go crap it’s one normal sized and shaped piece and another ribbion like piece of crap.

    Abdominal distension: Nope
    Abdominal pain: Nope
    Unexplained, persistent nausea or vomiting: Nope
    Unexplained weight loss: Nope
    Change in frequency or character of stool (bowel movements): nope
    Small-caliber (narrow) or ribbon-like stools: I dont’ think so?
    Sensation of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement: Nope
    RectalAnorectal fistulas
    Colon cancer
    Colorectal polyps
    Digital rectal exam
    Hemorrhoids
    Imperforate anus
    Imperforate anus repair
    Inflatable artificial sphincter
    Proctitis
    Rectal biopsy
    Rectal cancer, x-ray pain: Nope
    Age. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with colon cancer are older than 50: I’m 21.
    A personal history of colorectalColon cancer
    Colorectal polyps cancer or polyps: Not that I know of.
    InflammatoryInflammatory bowel disease
    Ulcerative colitis intestinalAmebic liver abscess
    Barium enema
    Colorectal polyps
    Colostomy
    Gastrointestinal bleeding
    Gastrointestinal disorders – resources
    Gastrointestinal perforation
    Intestinal gas
    Intestinal leiomyoma
    Intestinal obstruction
    Intestinal obstruction repair conditions: Nope
    Inherited disordersAdjustment disorder
    Anorexia nervosa
    Asperger syndrome
    Autism
    Autoimmune disorders
    Bipolar disorder
    Bipolar disorder
    Bleeding disorders
    Borderline personality disorder
    Bulimia
    Chronic motor tic disorder that affect the colon: I might have hemmorides, thouh it usually doesn’t cause a problem for me. Basiclly it’s not active most of the time.
    FamilyBirth control and family planning
    Choosing a primary care provider
    Ewing’s sarcoma
    Family troubles – resources history of colon cancer and colon polyps: Only my grandma, nobody else even polyps. My parents who are over 50 both got colonoscapes, neither one of them had any polyps.
    Diet. Colon cancer and rectal cancer may be associated with a diet low in fiber and high in fat and calories: Probably
    A sedentary lifestyle: Yeah, but do try to get at least a little bit of exercise each day.
    Diabetes: Nope
    Obesity: I’m only 145 pounds
    Smoking. I don’t smoke
    Alcohol: I don’t drink
    Growth hormone disorder: I don’t think so.
    Radiation therapy for cancer: I’ve never had cancer or anyone in my family except for my granda who was a smoker.

    • ANSWER:
      Colon cancer at your age is a very remote possibility. I won’t say it’s impossible, but it’s veeeeeeeeeeeeeeery unlikely. Your diet is probably to blame. If you’re worried, see a doctor. But I think you’re overreacting here.