What is Constipation?
Generally, constipation refers to not having regular bowel movements in a week. When a person is said to be constipated, they have a hard time starting or even completing a bowel movement. It takes them a while to release what is needed to be released, and their stool consistently looks dry and hard as rocks or pebbles.
The painful release may have a person feel not fully emptied bowels, which may also end up to further complications like:
- Hemorrhoids (swollen anal veins)
- Rectal prolapse (protruding of intestines from the anus)
- Anal fissure (torns skin in anus)
- Fecal impaction (stools that can be expelled)
- Diverticular disease
People of different age groups (ranging from children to adults) can have this condition. According to a study, constipation is considered one of the most common chronic gastrointestinal diseases in adults. Some are more likely to have chronic constipation, being consistently constipated more than others.
Some of the known risk factors include:
- Sex (females are more prone to constipation)
- Older age (less active lifestyle leads to slower metabolism)
- Low caloric intake
- Low-fiber diet
- Taking certain medications
- Having neurological disorders
- Having other digestive disorders