Transcript: Stool Size Matters
The bigger our bowel movements, the healthier we may be. The risk of low stool weight includes bowel cancer, diverticular disease, appendicitis, various anal diseases—even perhaps, the healthfulness of breast tissue.
From a study of 23 populations across dozen countries, a graph, of average daily stool weight versus colon cancer incidence. As you can see, once you get down around 200 grams, colon cancer rates really seem to skyrocket. That's about half a pound. And once people start dropping quarter pounders, though, colon cancer incidence doubles.
The link between stool size and colon cancer may be related to transit time, the number of hours it takes for food to go from your mouth to anus. The larger your stool, the quicker the transit time, the easier it is for your intestines to move things along.
People don’t realize, though, you can have daily bowl movements and still be effectively constipated. You can be regular, but five days late.
What you’re seeing today you may have eaten last week. If you want to test it for yourself, you can eat a big bowl of beets and see when things turns pretty in pink.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.
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