Steatorrhea often considered the basis of diagnosing cystic fibrosis. The characteristics of steatorrhea includes the foul smelling, oily and bulky stool which you see floating on your toilet. This must be a sign of malabsorption.
What Seem to be The Causes of Steatorrhea?
Steatorrhea will occur if your body will not be able to absorb all the dietary fats. In a normal person, when consuming fatty foods, usually the fat is metabolized by the digestive enzyme called the lipase. Digested fat is then absorbed by your body. Along with other fat metabolism byproducts (unused) are eliminated in a form of stool.
Most individuals having cystic fibrosis, the absorption of fats does not work properly as the disease disrupts the capability of the pancreas to excrete the digestive enzymes leading to pancreatic insufficiency. If a pancreatic insufficient patient will eat fatty foods, fat will definitely pass into the digestive tract without even metabolized and absorbed. It will be mixed with feces as it may travel into intestines and eliminated like the undigested form. This will now have the characteristics of the stool with steatorrhea.
What Will be The Treatment of Steatorrhea?
Supplements of pancreatic enzyme can be the treatment of steatorrhea. It should be taken per Orem anytime when foods are being eaten. The supplements will be dissolved in your small intestine wherein they’re digesting nutrients as well as fats in order for the body to absorb them. If you observe having steatorrhea, consult the doctor immediately.
Patients having the different cause of steatorrhea were admitted into metabolic ward and ordered to take isocaloric diets that contain carbohydrate, protein and fat quantities. During the entire experimentation, the only kind of fat was being modified when identifying steatorrhea. As patients were able to take the diets which contain the glyceryl monoesterate, was found to have steatorrhea (presence of fat in the stools) and azotorrhea (presence of nitrogenous substances in the stools). The steatorrhea decreases, as the dietary fat was changed into glyceryl monolineate and cottonseed oil. Because it contains lesser fat that reduces the risk to have steatorrhea.
When lowering the excretion of fat in the feces (steatorrhea), medium chain triglycerides are the effective kind of fat used which in other cases normalizes steatorrhea. The state of severity in steatorrhea is being affected by the kind of fat consumed. There must be a linear relationship existing in between the cruelty of steatorrhea and azotorrhea. The absorption of nitrogen can be related into the efficient absorption of fats.
Both the butter and the glyceryl monostearate are not absorbed and metabolize properly by the digestive system unlike if you use glyceryl monolineate, medium chain triglycerides and cottonseed oil as well. The normal absorption of such fats can be affected by the chain length or the type of fats and also the quantity of its saturation. The outcome can be explored and explained when it comes to the physiological characteristics of such fats.