Bowel movement changes can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose bowel movement changes, we could:
|Increased Intestinal Permeability||24%||Unlikely|
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome||3%||Ruled out|
|Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences||2%||Ruled out|
|Candida / Yeast||1%||Ruled out|
|Poor Small Intestine Health||0%||Ruled out|
|Ovarian Cancer||0%||Ruled out|
Do you suffer from significant variation in bowel movements? This would include alternating constipation and diarrhea, or changes in pattern.
Possible responses:→ No / depends on eating pattern / don't know
→ Yes, some
→ Yes, significant
In general, you should see a specialist if you are over 40 and have the following symptoms:
In a study funded by Dr. Atkins himself, 70% of the people that could stick with the diet lost the ability to have a normal bowel movement. The May 2004 Annals of Internal Medicine study showed that most of the Atkins Dieters had significantly more diarrhea, general weakness, rashes and muscle cramps.
Chronic constipation followed by watery diarrhea that suddenly leaks out is a sign of fecal impaction.