Causes & Risks of Constipation

Causes of Constipation
  • Inadequate fluid intake renders the stools hard.
  • Insufficient fiber in the diet. Fiber adds bulk, holds water and creates easily passed, soft feces.
  • Hypothyroidism (insufficient secretion by the thyroid gland).
  • Hypercalcemia (excess calcium in the body).
  • Irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Back pain.
Risk Factors for Constipation
  • Use of certain drugs, including: belladonna, calcium–channel blockers, beta–adrenergic blockers, tricyclic anti–depressants, narcotics, atropine, iron, antacids.
  • Sedentary lifestyle.
  • Poor diet.
  • Stress.
  • Illness requiring complete bed rest.