As the human body ages, you're going to begin seeing changes occurring that you hadn't anticipated. For many people, these changes are often observed through changes in your bowel movements. It's good advice as observing these changes may quickly tell you that it's time for you to see a doctor. By doing this regularly, you'll be able to share your observations with your physician and possibly help them with their diagnosis. One of these observances may turn out to be steatorrhea or fatty stool.
The stool is for the most part comprised of water but is also a combination of bacteria, mucus, protein, salts, fiber, cell linings and finally fat. When your stool has too much fat, it's likely that you have steatorrhea which is generally a sign of malabsorption. It's also possible that your body is failing to create the bile and enzymes which aid in the digestive process. If you suspect that you may have a fatty stool, it's vital that you see a doctor so that he or she can treat the underlying cause of this malabsorption or lack of digestive needs.
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