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Health Tip: Risk Factors for Constipation
Including lack of dietary fiber
-- Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- Constipation is characterized by difficulty or infrequently passing bowel movements.

The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these risk factors:

  • Getting less than 20 grams to 35 grams of dietary fiber each day.
  • Getting insufficient fluids, which allows stools to dry out.
  • Getting insufficient exercise.
  • Avoiding passing bowel movements when you feel the urge.
  • Taking certain medications, such as opiates.
  • Undergoing changes in your life or routine, including travel or pregnancy.
  • Having certain diseases or conditions, such as diabetes, lupus or multiple sclerosis.
  • Having an intestinal problem, such as an obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome or a tumor.
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