- What Is Known About Constipation
- Healthy Steps: Constipation—First Steps
- Healthy Steps: Constipation—Full Program
- Preventing Constipation
- From Dr. Deborah's Desk
Tallying up the sale of laxatives in the US—over $750 million a year—constipation appears to be quite a problem for a lot of people. From infants to the elderly, irregular bowel movements interfere with health and vitality.
The symptoms of constipation are obvious and include infrequent bowel movements, hard stools, and difficulty passing stools. The side effects of constipation commonly include abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas, bad breath, headaches, nausea, and fatigue. It’s no wonder laxative sales are big business.