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What causes constipation?

Constipation is often caused by a combination of factors, such as not getting much exercise, coupled with a low-fiber diet and not drinking enough water. It can also be caused by changes in routine, travel, stress and pregnancy. Underlying medical conditions, such as under-active thyroid, dementia, eating disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or, in rare cases, colon cancer, may cause constipation.

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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 23 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Irritable bowel syndrome

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