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Protein shakes and yellow stool

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I would like to ask a question regarding the recent color of my feces. The color has been yellow, not brown and it has been occurring for a few days. I also started drinking protein shakes recently. Can there be any connection with my protein shake and the color of my stool? And/or should I have it checked out?

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Category: Hepatologist
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Thanks for posting your query.
I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you.

I do not think protein shakes are responsible for the change of color of your feces.
Occasional yellow color of feces can be considered a normal variation.
Only if it is persistently yellow, it indicates something is wrong especially if it is pale yellow. In that case, it may indicate liver or pancreatic problem.
So if you have persistently yellow stools, especially pale yellow stools, consult a gastroenterologist to rule out liver or pancreatic issues.

I hope that answers your question.
Let me know if I can assist you further.

Patient replied :

Thanks for answering so promptly Doctor. One more question? This has been happening since Friday. How many days would it be to be considered persistent?

Hi! Thanks for getting back to me with your question. There is no specific time period to call it persistent. You can wait for a week or two before getting the tests done. And as I said earlier, most often it is only a normal variation.
Let me know if I can assist you further.


Dr. Ratnakar Kini
Category: Hepatologist
Fellowship - DM - TN Dr.MGR Medical UniversityResidency - TN Dr.MGR Medical University Medical School - Stanely Medical College, TN Dr.MGR Medical University
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