Constipation can increase the risk of developing hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal incontinence, colonic conditions and urologic disorders, according to a review of scientific evidence published between 1980 and 2007. The researchers also reviewed current treatment options for constipation.
Functional gastrointestinal disorders cause U.S. workers to miss at least one full day every 40-hour workweek, according to a study. Those missing the most hours had irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, chronic constipation or functional dyspepsia.
Many doctors recommend fiber as a relief for patients with occasional constipation, but constipation can have many different causes and also can be a result of other health problems. Patients who experience ongoing symptoms of constipation should consult a physician.
Drinking red wine might reduce the risk of colorectal neoplasia by 68%, according to a study of 360 red and white wine drinkers. The researchers suspect the resveratrol in red wine may be responsible. However, doctors say colon cancer screening still is essential.
Fiber fills you up, keeps your appetite at bay and may ease symptoms of acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. Most people only consume about 10 to 15 grams of fiber each day, but the recommended daily amount is between 25 and 35 grams. Fiber is in oranges, other fruits, nuts, avocados and other plant foods.