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I have had loose stools few years now but never worried as

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I have had loose stools for a few years now but never worried as only need to go to the toilet once a day and as far as I can tell no blood or mucous
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

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loose stools can be due to irritable bowel syndrome or mild bowel or GI sensitivity to certain foods like milk lactose sugar or gluten wheat protein.

you should keep a food diary of what you eat to see what foods causes worse symptoms. you may have to try to avoid lactose milk sugar or gluten wheat protein for 1-2 weeks and see if your symptoms get better

you should also see your GP doctor about your loose stools

and get your stools checked for microscopic blood

in the USA, patients above age 50 need a screening colonoscopy every 5-10 years to look for early colon cancer.

in the UK, your GP doctor can order lab tests to check for microscopic blood in your stool.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

do you have any other questions?