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Unintentional Weight Loss

People can lose weight if they are not absorbing nutrients properly, a condition called malabsorption. With malabsorption, appetite may be normal or slightly decreased. There may be some abdominal discomfort and bloating.

When the primary problem is one of fat digestion or absorption, there will usually be changes in stool color and consistency. A disorder of the intestine, pancreas or liver could cause this.

Do your stools show one or more of the following changes:

  • yellow or beige color

  • a foul smell

  • oily, floating consistency?

dash  Yes, I do notice one or more of these symptoms.
dash  No, I do not have any of these symptoms.

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