Are you constipated? Here’s how to tell
Nearly everyone becomes constipated at one time or another. But how do you know when you are constipated?
According to the National Institute on Aging, the following are a few questions you may want to ask yourself:
- Do you often have fewer than three bowel movements a week?
- Do you usually have a difficult time passing stools?
- Are stools often lumpy or hard?
- Do you have a feeling of being blocked or of not having fully emptied your bowels?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you may have a constipation problem and want to discuss with your physician.
Dr. Henry Govekar, colorectal surgeon at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill., recommends “incorporating fruits, vegetables and high-fiber foods in your daily diet, while limiting processed foods and red meat. I also encourage drinking enough water and considering a fiber supplement to stay regular.”
“You may want to also talk to your primary care provider about medications that have constipation as a side effect,” Dr. Govekar adds.
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