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An In-depth Look at Constipation from the Causes to the Consequences

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...When Is Constipation Serious in Elderly Individuals? “Constipation is a very common health concern affecting people of all ages, but particularly the elderly,” explains Kim English, RN, BScN, MN, professor at the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. “There is a stereotype of older people focusing on the function of their bowels. That may not be a bad thing, but the reality is that we all experience episodes of constipation at some point of our lives.”

The medical definition of constipation is when a person has less than 3 bowel movements (BMs) a week, consisting of hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. Frequent straining during BMs is a symptom as well. A person experiencing constipation will often complain of abdominal discomfort, bloating, and a feeling of fullness or incomplete evacuation of the bowel.

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