Long term causes of constipation

Constipation is something that most of us will suffer from at some stage but we must be aware that other underlying medical conditions could be causing it. If left untreated and the effect lessened through taking laxatives, the condition could be made worse.

Three possible causes of long term and regular constipation are:

Diabetes: Constipation is quite common for people with diabetes. The reasons are not defined but the thought is that the condition affects nerves in the colon thus slowing the processing of waste.

Inactive thyroid gland: If you thyroid gland is not functioning correctly the lack of hormones can cause you bowels to move more slowly, leading to constipation.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause a variety of symptoms including constipation. This may not be a permanent condition and can swing the other way to diarrhoea. As with all conditions, a visit to the doctor is advised if the symptoms keep reoccurring.

Our laxative Col-Max is ideal for relieving temporary constipation and can be taken on a long term basis but advice from a GP should be sort to ensure there is no underlying condition causing the constipation.

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