Quiz: Do You Know What Your Stool is Telling You?

Allison Bush | Jul 26th 2012 Oct 10th 2017

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True or False: The size of your stool doesn't matter.
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The size of your bowel movement _does_ matter. Small, hard, pebble-like bowel movements are an indication that you need more fiber in your diet. These types of bowel movements also put you at a higher risk for developing diverticulosis and colon cancer. **Source:** [Robynne K. Chutkan, MD, FASGE](http://www.doctoroz.com/expert/robynne-k-chutkan), DrOz.com

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  1. True or False: The size of your stool doesn't matter.

    Correct Answer: False

    The size of your bowel movement _does_ matter. Small, hard, pebble-like bowel movements are an indication that you need more fiber in your diet. These types of bowel movements also put you at a higher risk for developing diverticulosis and colon cancer. **Source:** [Robynne K. Chutkan, MD, FASGE](http://www.doctoroz.com/expert/robynne-k-chutkan), DrOz.com

  2. True or False: A pencil-thin shaped bowel movement indicates good intestinal health.

    Correct Answer: False

    Unfortunately, a pencil-thin shaped stool may indicate that there's a blockage somewhere in the colon that's contricting the stool. You also don't want narrow, pellet-like bowel movements, as they may be a sign of diverticulosis (craters in the lining of the colon). **Source:** [Robynne K. Chutkan, MD, FASGE](http://www.doctoroz.com/expert/robynne-k-chutkan), DrOz.com

  3. Which type of bowel movement may indicate a problem with your pancreas?

    Correct Answer: Foul odor and floats

    Although less common, weight loss and steatorrhea (the passing of oily, greasy stools) is a common symptom of excocrine pancreatic insufficiency, which means your body is unable to digest food due to a lack of digestive enzymes. **Source:** [Todd Eisner, MD](http://www.healthcentral.com/ibd/ec/epi-education-center/symptoms-of-epi.html)

  4. Which color stool may indicate a problem with your gallbladder?

    Correct Answer: Yellow

    Yellow stool may be the result of gallbladder dysfunction, which means the bile in your body isn't doing its job. Infection with giardia lamblia (a parasite that colonizes in the small intestine) produces a characteristic yellow diarrhea. **Source:** [Robynne K. Chutkan, MD, FASGE](http://www.doctoroz.com/expert/robynne-k-chutkan), DrOz.com

  5. True or False: A green stool color may be the result of eating too many leafy greens.

    Correct Answer: True

    This is true, however, green stool may also be an indication of Crohn's disease, iron therapy, or the result of certain medications.  **Source:** [Robynne K. Chutkan, MD, FASGE](http://www.doctoroz.com/expert/robynne-k-chutkan), DrOz.com