Basic Informations on Constipation

Constipation is perhaps the most commonly experienced and least commonly treated health problem. Everyone knows what this condition is, but one of the reasons there is so little reliable information on it is that doctors have difficulty defining the term precisely. Here what the dictionary says:

A condition in which bowel emptying occurs infrequently or in which the stools are hard and small or where bowel movement causes difficulty or pain.

Where medical definitions disagree is in assigning a number to frequency.

Generally speaking, healthy people may have as many as three bowel movements a day or as few three bowel movements a week. But it possible to have a bowel movement every day and still be a sufferer if stools are hard and difficult to pass.

The information that you need for managing your own health is this: Constipation is any condition of bowel movement that causes you discomfort.

This is the case whether your trips to the bathroom are frequent or seldom. Chronic constipation is having that discomfort all the time.

Even if you are regular by someone else definition, you deserve a remedy if you experience discomfort. Your body information consists of symptoms like these:

Abdominal fullness Bloating Chronic fatigue Headache Loss of appetite Lower back pain Nausea Pressure in the rectum Weight gain when not overeating Weight loss when not dieting

How can you know if you are a sufferer?

If you experience stomach pain when you pass stools, chances are you are affected. If you have a feeling of fullness even after you evacuate your bowel, you are a sufferer. If you see bright red blood on toilet tissue after bowel movement, you almost certainly have been suffering this condition for a long time.

Chronic constipation is bowel discomfort continuing for weeks or months at a time. And if suffering a chronic condition you should take special care to treat, because it can lead to:

Hemorrhoids, swollen veins in and outside the rectum that can cause pain or bleeding, Hernia, bulging of the abdominal contents through a weak point in the wall of the abdomen, Laxative dependency, a condition in which taking more and more of a laxative has less and less benefit, Osteoporosis, when impacted stool keeps the intestine from absorbing calcium, Prolapse, or turning outward, of the uterus in women or of the rectum in either sex, resulting from straining of abdominal muscles and even, Diarrhea, as the fluid contents of the digestive tract flow around the hard mass of stool in the center of the intestine.

Information on constipation abounds in the cancer literature.

This condition may also be a risk factor for cancer. Slow movement of waste matter through the colon gives pathogenic bacteria opportunities to reconstitute the estrogen and testosterone broken down by the liver and excreted with bile. These reassembled hormones return to circulation and stimulate abnormal growth in the breasts in women and in the prostate in men.

One epidemiological study found that a chronic condition is a risk factor in colon cancer. Middle-aged persons who are constipated enough to have to take something once a month are twice likely to develop the disease as those who never have to take laxatives. And middle-aged adults who have to take laxatives once a week are 4 times as likely to develop the disease.

And it isn’t just cancer risk. A June 2005 review of research information published in the English-language edition of Chinese Medical Journal reported that he muscle strain caused by chronic conditions increases the risk of urinary incontinence in women by 140 to 370%.

The effects are even worse in women who have delivered more than two children, who take diuretics, or who are over normal weight. It can increase the risk of  overactive bladder in both men and women.

What can you do about it? For a series of articles on natural, safe, effective, and inexpensive remedies for this most common health condition

*Article by Anthony France