How lifestyle and diet can cause constipation
If you’re constipated, your gut might simply be in sharp antagonism with your lifestyle. poor dietary and lack of physical activity are the most accepted causes of constipation, so it’s a good idea to rule these out first before looking into other causes.
Here are some diet- and lifestyle-related factors that can make you obstructed:
- a diet heavy in meat and dairy products
- a diet heavy in processed foods, which are high in fat and sugar
- lack of high-fiber foods
- not enough water and other fluids
- too much alcohol or caffeine
- lack of exercise
- ignoring the urge to use the bathroom
While there is no cure for IBS, treatments can administer the symptoms and discomfort.
Of those who do seek treatment, research has found that 50 to 90 percent have a psychiatric derangement such as an anxiety disorder or depression.
Your doctor may approved one or a combination of the following treatments:
Fiber supplements or laxatives to decrease constipation.
Antispasmodic medication to control muscle spasms in the colon and reduce abdominal pain.
Antidepressants to help minimize syndrome of anxiety and depression.
Cognitive-behavioral analysis to learn how to cope with anxiety and depression. The British Society of Gastroenterology approved psychological therapy as the first-line treatment for IBS when the patient has a history of anxiety, panic attacks, or depression. The American College of Gastroenterology also approved therapy and says it can reduce both anxiety and IBS symptoms in some patients.
How IBS and Depression Work Together
The symptoms of irritable bowel disorder can cause a level of distress that looks like depression. Some people are so worried that their diarrhea, constipation, or other symptoms will flare up that they avoid going to work, school, or out with friends. They may focus less on their social lives and lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. They may feel restless or irritable. All of these are symptoms of depression.
On the other hand, the mood disorder may influence the way people handle IBS. They may feel too tired or hopeless to bother changing their diet to ease digestive symptoms or think they can’t treat their constipation or diarrhea well enough. Also, emotional stress makes bowel symptoms worse.
Testing a slow-release drug
In the next phase of the study, the scientists tested an experimental drug; the drug (5-HTP SR) produces a slow-release of 5-HTP, which is an amino acid and a precursor of serotonin.
They divided the mice into four experimental groups:
normal (control) mice fed standard chow
normal (control) mice fed standard chow plus
MDEP mice fed standard chow
MDEP mice fed standard chow plus 5-HTP SR
In the latter of these four groups, 5-HTP SR boosted levels of serotonin in the mice’s gut; the drug also relieved the symptoms of constipation — gut motility returned to normal.
Like hypothyroidism, diabetes is also a hormonal problem. In diabetes, your body stops producing enough of the diaphragm insulin so your body can no longer break down sugar in your blood.
The high blood sugar levels seen in type 1 and 2 diabetes can lead to diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage. According to the Mayo Clinic, damage to the nerves dominant the digestive tract can lead to constipation.
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