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George asked...

For several weeks my stools are on the loose side and on occasions I have had to visit the toilet twice a day. This has worried me.

Two weeks ago I went to Germany on holiday and my stools were normal. So I returned home thinking that something in my diet is causing the loose stools. I am 75 years of age and have previously had bowel inspections at Hospital three years ago.

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The Answer

As we get older our bowel movements change and things can become a little more unpredictable. As long as you are having regular movements and that they are at least semi solid, you should not worry. If however this should change seek advice from your GP.

You mention that you are having regular screening which would show any abnormalities. It may help to keep a food diary and become aware of which foods make you better/worse.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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