What Do You Know About Diarrhea?
Anyone can get diarrhea. In fact, millions of Americans have bouts with it every year.
Diarrhea means loose, watery stools occurring more than 3 times in 1 day. Most cases
last a day or two and need no treatment. Find out more about this common digestive
problem by taking this quiz.
2. Which of these diseases is linked with chronic diarrhea?
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Celiac disease is a digestive disease caused by the body's abnormal response to gluten,
a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. In people with celiac disease, the gluten
causes a loss of the villi, the finger-like projections in the intestine that absorb
nutrients and fluids. This leads to chronic diarrhea, gas, and other digestive problems.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder that interferes with the function of the large
intestine (colon). Diarrhea is one symptom of IBS; others include belly (abdominal)
pain, bloating, and constipation. Diabetes can also cause constipation or diarrhea.
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