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A Brief Introduction

The rising trend of people assuming a healthier and more active lifestyle is in stark contrast with a few curious statistics concerning constipation. Namely, over four million Americans suffer from constipation and do not consider it much of a great deal, but rather an unpleasant bump in the road.

They then assume to treat the condition with over-the-counter medicine. However a criteria ought to be set according to whether the sufferer should merely buy some anti-constipation drugs or take a trip to his or her doctor.

What will the doctor say?

If the case is the latter, one of the first things the doctor will do is check for a history of similar issues along the family tree. A rectal examination as well as blood tests may also be required. Laxatives and creams may be prescribed.

It is also important to note that the severity of the particular sufferer's constipation is also always taken into account during the examination. This means that a person who has had a mere count of two bowel movements within a week will not be examined the same way as someone who's bowels have worked within a different time-frame.

It is very important to remember that the effects of constipation may not always be as naive as they seem. Constipation is known to allow the body to absorb more of the toxins it is trying to get rid off, since the process of extracting the feces takes longer. It's easy to see the array of complications which may result as the consequences of a toxic body. Some cases of constipation may even lead to death, as it is also known to be the cause of certain types of stomach cancer.

However, the main concern of a doctor treating a patient's constipation issue would, most definitely be colon cancer. This may be determined by conducting a number of tests. Some of those would include: anorectal function tests, colonoscopy, barium enema x-ray and colorectal transit study.

Whatever the level of danger may be, the doctor is most likely to advise drinking a lot more water and eating more fiber. This is because water is the body's lubricant and it acts as a softening factor to the stool. Another thing which may be required would be adjusting a proper exercise routine.

Alternatively a colon cleanser may be used as well. This is a supplement which is taken and digested, and which then, in turn and quite literally "cleans the colon" of any feces that may be stuck in tight spots and thus causing problems. 

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