Normally, an average person goes to the toilet to relieve himself by passing stool at least three times a week. Someone who is constipated may experience difficulty in doing this very natural act for various reasons.
The most common cause of constipation is a low-fiber diet and inadequate water intake. A lack of exercise, a person's lifestyle, and changes in the routines may also affect regular bowel movement. In some cases, taking certain medications may result in constipation. It could also be stress-related for other people.
In the United States, at least 2.5 million people suffer from this digestive problem. While constipation is not a life-threatening disease, it can still be a health risk, especially for young children and adults above 65 years old.
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