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Dr. Marie’s Guide to Preventing and Treating Constipation

Monday, December 5th, 2011

If you’re not always “regular,” you’re definitely not alone. ThirdAge’s resident women’s health expert, Marie (Dr. Marie) Savard M.D., says that women are much more likely to suffer from constipation than men are. The reason is that the contractions of the digestive tract — a process called peristalsis — are slower in females. Dr. Marie also points out that women are especially prone to “holiday constipation,” a phenomenon brought on by changes in diet, long plane or car rides, and the “safe toilet syndrome” in which people “hold it” for too long when they’re away from home. The good news, though, is that preventing and treating constipation is almost always simple and rarely requires a doctor visit. Here’s what Dr. Marie recommends: