Why do older people suffer more often from constipation?
Constipation is not an illness in itself but a symptom. As we age, the ability for our intestine to process foods weakens, thus increasing the likelihood that constipation will occur. External factors can also lead to constipation.
Factors which favour bowel sluggishness in old age.
With increasing age, many people undergo not only physical changes, but also lifestyle changes, all of which favour constipation:
- age-related medication (e.g. anti-rheumatics)
- a low fibre diet
- inadequate exercise because of physical limitations/bedfast
- poor fluid consumption if the sensation of thirst diminishes