Constipation may result due to age-related structural changes in the large intestine.  Other contributing factors include a lack of exercise, inadequate fluids and fiber intake. Medications, such as diuretics and iron supplements, and certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, might also contribute to constipation.

Things you can do to prevent constipation

Eat a healthy and high fibre diet

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains.
  • Limit high-fat meats, dairy products and sweets,
  • Drink plenty of water and other unsweetened beverages
  • Low fat milk and milk substitutes are also ideal
  • Regular physical activity helps prevent constipation

Don’t ignore the urge to have a bowel movement. Holding in a bowel movement for too long can cause constipation.

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