Constipation - a plague among Singaporean elderly

July 27, 2018

Constipation - a plague among Singaporean elderly

Imagine having to spend hours straining on that porcelain throne, painfully left with blood, sweat and tears.

That’s how a person with constipation feels - every, single, time.

Constipation is defined as having hard stools or difficulty emptying the bowels. You will also feel constipated if you pass motion fewer than 3 times per week. Take a look at this chart below. If you or your loved one's poop resembles Type 1 or Type 2, you need to take action now.


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Bristol stool chart constipation

Believe it or not, constipation affects more than 50% of Singaporean elderly. Here’s why:

1. Not eating enough fiber
We all know that vegetables are a good source of fiber. But as we age, we lose our teeth. Therefore, it becomes difficult to chew hard foods like vegetables and fibrous food. 

2. Not drinking enough water
The elderly are less sensitive to thirst. This means they might not reach out for water as often as younger adults. As a result, it's common for them to be dehydrated without even realising it! Also, many of them are taking certain medications like diuretics, which can cause our body to lose more water, making the lips drier and urine to appear more yellow. These obvious signs of dehydration can cause urinary tract infections and more hospital admissions.

So what can we do about it?

1. Serve elder-friendly vegetable dishes. 

2.  Use hydration jellies to fulfill your fluid and energy needs.

3. Take a fiber supplement. And in case you've had bad experiences before, we assure you that ours is nothing like the thick and sticky fiber supplements, we've got something that will change your life. 

Now, you can smoothly say bye to constipation for good!

We have helped many elderly overcome decades of constipation and suffering and we'd love to do the same for your loved one. Call us at 6250 2129 today.

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