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Constipation is a health condition that is caused by lifestyle choice.  Identify one...

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ninaesl | Student, Undergraduate

Posted May 22, 2013 at 12:37 AM via web

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Constipation is a health condition that is caused by lifestyle choice.  Identify one specific body system that this condition directly affects and how this system is affected.  What could you do to prevent or alleviate the constipation.

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ncchemist | eNotes Employee

Posted May 22, 2013 at 2:41 AM (Answer #1)

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Constipation is defined as bowel movements that are difficult to pass out of the body.  If it is bad enough it can lead to obstruction of the intestines which is very dangerous.  You have stated that it is caused by a lifestyle choice.  While diet certainly plays an important role here, there are other causes like hormonal problems, a side effect of medication, or a symptom of another disease like diabetes or celiac disease.  Having said that, it is clear that the part of the body most affected by constipation is the large intestine.  This is where the stool is lodged and unable to pass through effectively.  The best way to alleviate constipation is either a laxative medication or a change in diet to increase fiber intake (a natural laxative).

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