Tag: chronic constipation

The Common Bowel Problem Nobody is Talking About

It’s time to talk about constipation. Infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stools is extremely common, particularly for older adults. Chronic constipation affects up to 40 percent of adults over age 60 and, in a 2017 study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing, older adults reported this ongoing condition

Prepare for Colonoscopy to Ensure It Goes Smoothly

An early diagnosis for colorectal cancer is the best chance for successful treatment, and colonoscopy remains the gold standard screening test for the disease, since your doctor can remove any potentially cancerous growths during the procedure. Even so, colonoscopy rates still aren’t where they should be, according to federal data

Should You Use an Enema for Constipation?

Should You Use an Enema for Constipation?

Being constipated stinks—your bowel movements are dry, almost painful to pass, with little relief. Worse yet, you can manage to push something through only a couple of days a week. You feel bloated, fatigued, and just plain uncomfortable. It’s all you can think about. And, after a week or so,

10. Diseases and Disorders of the Rectum and Anus

The final phase of digestion takes place in the last several inches of the colon, which are known as the rectum. This is where stool is stored until being passed during a bowel movement via the anal canal and anus. Even though this is a small area of the entire

1. How Your Digestive System Works

It’s said that you are what you eat. Your diet dictates your overall health and wellbeing. The right foods feed your body the nutrients it needs to maintain an active lifestyle, keep your brain alert, and protect you from illness and disease.

But there is much more going on every time

9. Diseases and Disorders of the Colon

After the small intestine, digested food moves through the six-foot-long large intestine (also known as the colon) where water, some nutrients, and electrolytes are absorbed. The remaining solid waste then travels from the colon into the rectum as stool. It is in the colon where people suffer from many of

Fighting Disrupted Digestion

Fighting Disrupted Digestion

There are many health conditions that can affect your gastrointestinal (GI) tract and cause uncomfortable, embarrassing, and inconvenient symptoms like constipation, gas, and bloating. But what if you can’t blame a specific health condition? You and your doctor have confirmed you don’t have irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease or lactose

Self-Help Strategies Can Ease the Discomfort and Hemorrhoids

The word “hemorrhoid” is actually a medical term for cushions of tissue that surround blood vessels in the anal area. But what most of us would call a hemorrhoid occurs when this tissue prolapses through the sphincter muscle, exposing the delicate skin lining the rectum. Unfortunately you become more vulnerable

Factors That Can Help or Hinder Calcium Absorption

Calcium plays a key role in bone strength and density. If you’re a postmenopausal woman, you are at risk of osteoporosis (low bone density), so it’s particularly important for you to get enough calcium. However, calcium consumption is not the only factor that needs your attention: Certain medications and medical

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