Understanding Just What Causes Constipation

2010-08-29 | |
Last updated: 2010-08-29

Take a look at the side effects of many medications and one of the most common unintended effects that you will see is the ability of a given drug to stop you in your tracks. That is, it can cause you Constipation. And, it is not just drugs that can cause these often unpleasant and painful side effects either. Numerous medical conditions can also slow your flow or even bring it to a virtual stand still. Though Constipation problems are frequently treated lightly or not reported by patients, they a very real problem for many people.

How Is Constipation Defined?

Officially, Constipation is defined as having less than 3 bowel movements in a week. However, rather than counting how often we go to the toilet, its also important to consider just how difficult it is when we do go. Frequently feeling bloated with a full bowel, having to strain or experiencing pain when going are pretty good signs that a person is suffering from Constipation.

How Common Is Constipation?

Not surprisingly, Constipation is a very common condition and one of the most common problems of the digestive system worldwide. In one study from 2005, researchers found that more than 1 in 8 people suffer from constipation several times annually. In Europeans, the number is less at 1 in 12. In the US, approximately 1.5% of the population suffers from the more severe chronic Constipation.

What Are Some Of The Causes Of Constipation?

As for what causes the condition, in its simplest form, Constipation is the result of too much water being pulled out of the large intestine as the food being digested passes through it. This means that the end product is being overly dried making it hard and difficult for the normal muscle movements of the large intestine to push the waste material through the system. At a higher level, however, there are many different causes for Constipation to develop.

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