Constipation – Prevention measures

Important points & prevention measures for constipation

  • Constipation affects almost everyone at some point
  • Many people think they are constipated, when in fact their bowel movements are regular
  • The most common causes of constipation are a low-fiber diet and lack of exercise
  • Additional causes of constipation include various medications, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, laxative abuse, specific diseases.
  • Taking a medical history and physical examination may be the only diagnostic tests required before the doctor suggests other treatment.
  • In most cases, following these simple tips will help relieve symptoms and prevent recurrence of constipation:
  • It is recommended that you eat a well-balanced, high-fiber diet that includes beans, bran, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables
  • It is recommended that you drink plenty of fluids
  • It is recommended to exercise regularly
  • Resting after breakfast or dinner helps to visit the toilet undisturbed
  • It is recommended not to ignore the need to defecate
  • Understand that normal bowel habits differ
  • Whenever a significant or prolonged change in bowel habits occurs, contact a doctor

Most people with mild constipation do not need laxatives. However, doctors may recommend laxatives for a limited time for people with chronic constipation.