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Health Tip: Why Am I Constipated?

Health Tip: Why Am I Constipated?

03/28/12

(HealthDay News) -- Constipation can mean passing fewer-than-normal stools during a week, or passing stools that are dry and hard, or difficult to pass.

The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers these possible causes of constipation:

  • Changes in your exercise routine, dietary habits or travel schedule.
  • Not going to the bathroom when you have the urge to produce a bowel movement.
  • Being under significant stress.
  • Lack of fiber or fluids in the diet.
  • Taking vitamin supplements, especially iron, calcium or some pain-relieving medications.
  • Medical conditions, including pregnancy, digestive problems, diabetes or thyroid problems.
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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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