Christmas is coming
First of the Xmas dos last night - this morning I'm suffering - and today promises lunch time with Mr NBC followed by drinks tonight, probably with the Good Colonel and Mr FM, and then the weekend starts. But we mustn't complain - so as my Xmas gift to you I present below a handy cut and keep guide to hang on the back of the outhouse door. As you are groaning in the morning it is important to be scientific about these matters.
|The Bristol Stool Scale (drawn up by a team of gastroenterologists)|
|Type 1:||Separate hard lumps, like nuts.||Are abnormally loose (ie constipation) and result from a slow bowel transit time. These seem to be linked with an increased risk of gallstones.|
|Type 2:||Sausage shaped but lumpy|
|Type 3:||Like a sausage or snake but with cracks on the surface.||Are described as perfectly normal bowel motions|
|Type 4:||Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft|
|Type 5:||Soft blobs with clear cut edges||Is poorly formed, soft and verging on abnormal.|
|Type 6:||Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool.||Are abnormally loose (ie diarrhoea)|
|Type 7:||Watery, no solid pieces.|
Bowel Habits (according to a study they did involving almost 2000 people)
The commonest bowel habit was once daily with 40% of men and 33% of women enjoying a regular 24-hour cycle.
7% of men and 4% of women had a regular twice or thrice daily bowel habit.
33% of women defecated less that once daily.
1% defecated once a week or less.
Only 61% of men and 56% of women had what were defined as normal stool types - ie least likely to provoke symptoms.
Most people in the study defecated in the morning with the commonest time being 7am - 8am for men and an hour later for women.