As we get older, some of life's ailments become far more noticeable. This is true for constipation – as the ailment is far more common in older adults.
What is this due to?
- Diet and fluids
- Less fruit and fibre in diet
- Reduced fluid intake
- Taking medicines which can cause constipation
- General slowing down
- Decrease in work activity
- Taking less exercise
- Less effective movement of waste through the bowel due to a weakening of the bowel muscles
These all combine to cause our digestive systems to function less efficiently. This slowing down of the system needn't be a problem, as people naturally tend to take extra care of their health at this time and become more aware of their diet.
The things to look out for are triggers, such as:
- A change of routine
- Spending time away from home
- Eating out
Some older people, and those who become ill or infirm, do need help to keep their digestive system running properly.
Whatever your age you shouldn't be embarrassed to seek help from your doctor, pharmacist, nurse or carer. They will be able to advise you on the measures you can take to help yourself, as well as on constipation remedies.