(HealthDay News) -- Constipation is characterized by difficulty or infrequently passing bowel movements.
The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these risk factors:
- Getting less than 20 grams to 35 grams of dietary fiber each day.
- Getting insufficient fluids, which allows stools to dry out.
- Getting insufficient exercise.
- Avoiding passing bowel movements when you feel the urge.
- Taking certain medications, such as opiates.
- Undergoing changes in your life or routine, including travel or pregnancy.
- Having certain diseases or conditions, such as diabetes, lupus or multiple sclerosis.
- Having an intestinal problem, such as an obstruction, irritable bowel syndrome or a tumor.
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