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Constipation Emergencies on the Rise


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  • From 2006 to 2011, there was a 42 percent increase in ER visits for constipation in the US
  • About $1.6 billion was spent on ER care for constipation in 2011
  • Constipation can usually be easily remedied with lifestyle changes, including increasing your intake of vegetables (fiber) and fermented foods

By Dr. Mercola

Constipation is one of the most common bowel problems, impacting up to 19 percent of the US population (no pun intended). It's defined as passing hard, dry stools that you have to strain to move, as well as having fewer than three bowel movements a week.

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