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Feeling constipated lately? You’re not alone. In fact, this condition is common among older adults.
Constipation is marked by straining, having lumpy or hard stools, a feeling of incomplete evacuation of the bowels and/or a sensation of being blocked. However, frequency of having a bowel movement isn’t always a good sign that you’re constipated since some people have three bowel movements weekly while others have three movements a day. “In general, however, you're probably experiencing constipation if you pass fewer than three stools a week, and your stools are hard and dry,” the Mayo Clinic stated.
The usual causes of constipation include little dietary fiber, inactivity, medications, lifestyle issues (such as travel), dehydration, overuse of laxatives, and ignoring the need to have a bowel movement. Then you add the changes in a woman’s body at middle-age and you have additional reasons that your body might feel backed up. “Now, adding the a...
Constipation is the most common gastrointestinal complaint
in the United States,
affecting more than 4 million Americans and accounting for more than two
million visits to the doctor each year. While
the groups most often affected are women and adults over age 65, constipation
is also a significant problem for people
with cancer . Contributing factors include dietary and activity patterns,
anatomic considerations, pain medication, and a number of cancer treatments .
Though most constipation is temporary
and often perceived as a mere nuisance, persistent difficulty with bowel
movements can lead to long term complications, and there are rare cases of
constipation leading to serious illness and death. Given the potential negative
effects on health, it is important to recognize the factors contributing to
constipation and to practice effective management and prevention tactics.
Bowel motility is the complex function of the intestine
maintaining water balance in the stool...
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