By suecsdy Latest Reply 2014-12-03 06:32:04 -0600
Started 2014-12-01 15:26:39 -0600

I am trying to get a balance of fiber in my diet. This is a little different for me because in addition to the diabetes, right now I have a colostomy. Colostomy protocol says to limit fiber while diabetes protocol says fiber up. For the last 2 days I have taken a fiber tab that also has some other ingredients that are good for me. Problem is everything coming out is liquid today. I feel fine and don't think I ate anything that would cause this. So can fiber cause the opposite of the intended result? One tablet is only half the recommended dose.

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suecsdy 2014-12-01 17:27:55 -0600 Report

Just did a little online research on inulin, one of the ingredients in this fiber tab. It can indeed cause loose stool when first started. I'll try for a few more days to see what happens. Maybe it will even out. Glad I only took a half dose. That plus the stool softener I already take is probably responsible for todays little problem.

GabbyPA 2014-12-02 06:27:10 -0600 Report

Sometimes it's just an adjustment period, speically if you are not used to eating fiber. Fiber does this to my husband and he eats it to avoid constipation, which the pain meds he is one can cause. So it can be a balancing act.

Glucerna 2014-12-01 16:19:52 -0600 Report

This is a really good question to ask your physician since you have a colostomy. Perhaps you could ask for a referral to a registered dietitian who can help you come up with the best amount of fiber for your individual situation? ~Lynn @Glucerna

RosalieM 2014-12-01 16:15:32 -0600 Report

Hi suecsdy,
I don't know if fiber can cause a liquid stool. I have a very high fiber diet and no problems. There are four types of fiber. soluble fiber which will dissolves in water to make a gelatinous mass. Insoluble fiber that which does not dissolve water. Wheat bran is an insoluble type. Resistant starch fiber which doesn't digest at all until it gets in the large intestine where it ferments and feeds
good bacteria. The fourth fiber is cellulose. Cellulose is the fiber that is found in plants including trees. It is the most abundant fiber on earth. Cellulose fiber is totally useless to your body. It won't hurt you, however your body cannot process it at all. Food processors like to use cellulose in their foods as a filler
because it is so cheap. The more cellulose in a processed food the lower in nutrients the food is as the cellulose filler displaces nutrient laden parts of the food to which it is added.

What have you eaten in the last few days? With the above definitions of fiber,
you may be able to figure it out. The best fiber for you would be resistant starch fiber, but it is not readily available in bulk. Grandma Rose

suecsdy 2014-12-01 17:31:04 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info on different fibers. Maybe I just need to find the right kind of fiber for me.

RosalieM 2014-12-03 06:32:04 -0600 Report

One more thing about fiber. Inulin, a resistant starch fiber Which you said you took, can cause gas. Hi maize resistant starch fiber does not.
Some diabetic "friendly" processed foods contain inulin. Activia and Dream Field pasta are two of that contain inulin. If your diet has been low in fiber, your body needs to adjust to fiber that may have caused a temporary problem. Grandma Rose

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