Who is most at risk for acute constipation?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Everyone is vulnerable to experiencing the discomfort of acute constipation from time to time. However, you are more at risk if you are not getting enough fiber in your diet, do not drink enough fluids, are inactive, or are taking certain medications. Women, especially pregnant women, and older adults are prone to this condition, and children seem to suffer from constipation more often than adults. Use of certain types of drugs such as antihistamines, narcotics and medications to relieve pain increase your risk, as well as exposure to a major illness or disorders that may obstruct the bowel, such as a hernia. Poor diet, inadequate fluids, and lack of exercise also place you at a higher risk for acute constipation.

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