What are the Constipation Risk Factors

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There are certain risk factors which increase the chances of being affected by a diseases.  For example it is well known that high cholesterol and junk foods increase the risk of heart attacks.  Similarly there are certain conditions which increase the risk of suffering from long term constipation.  Let us understand few of the risk factors which can cause constipation.

1. Diabetes

Diabetes can cause many problems, but what is not commonly know is that it can also cause constipation.  The reason for this is diabetes causes the nerves of digestive system to lose their functionality because of which digestive organs including the intestines cannot work properly and it develops into constipation.  You can read Can Diabetes Cause Constipation for more information.

2. Advanced Age

As the body ages the functionality of various organs become less and less efficient and because of this many problems occur.  Various organs like kidney and liver which help in digestion cannot work properly.  The metabolism slows down.  To counter this you should drink more water and have light food.  Have food as early as possible in the evening.

3. Pregnancy

Pregnancy causes many hormonal changes which causes pregnancy in 80% of the mothers.  During pregnancy the food habits also changes for the expecting mothers.  The problem is not all laxatives may be safe hence it would be better to consult your doctor for proper treatment.

4. Lethargic Digestive System

Some people have more lethargic digestive system than others because of their body type.  For example as per ayurveda there are three type of characteristics of the body Vata, Pitta and Kapha.  Everybody has some characteristics which is more dominant.  When these characteristics is not balanced diseases happen.  Having a balance lifestyle, simple and easy to digest food and regular exercise can help you to overcome this problem.

5. Gout

Gout can also cause constipation since it cause damage to the nerves of the digestive system.  You can read Gout Can Cause Constipation for more information on how gout cause constipation.

You can also try some of the natural remedies for constipation which can be helpful in dealing with this chronic issue.
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