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Health Tip: Do You Have Risk Factors for Constipation?

Health Tip: Do You Have Risk Factors for Constipation?

02/03/11

(HealthDay News) -- Constipation is characterized by producing fewer bowel movements than you typically do, or by producing bowel movements that are difficult or painful to pass.

The U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse says risk factors for constipation include:

  • A change in your normal patterns of travel, exercise or diet.
  • Not going to the bathroom when you feel the need.
  • Being under significant stress.
  • Not getting enough fiber in your diet, or not drinking enough fluids.
  • Taking some medications, such as diuretics, antacids, pain relievers or antidepressants.
  • Taking certain dietary supplements, such as calcium or iron.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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