Constipation and Aging (cont.)

If these measures don't work, talk to your doctor about laxatives. There are different kinds of laxatives, and each has its pros and cons. A doctor can tell you which is best for you.

If you are constipated all the time, your doctor may want to check to see if you have diverticular disease, another condition that sometimes goes along with constipation. This problem is common in Americans as they get older. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about this condition.

For additional information, please visit the Senior Health Center.

Source: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Aging

Last Editorial Review: 3/20/2006