Constipation, Chronic Constipation, Wei Wei discussed on Fifty Plus



Tell me where you're at here. And it gets down now, when? When you look at the statistics, you know everybody from the beach to the various medical societies say about 2.5 million people suffer constipation. I would almost think that you could almost double that number. What? What do you think? Correct If actually, you know, there are a couple of things that needed to settle in conservation by common for some people's transient and one of things. For example, When people travel, they often become constipated because maybe they are traveling in an aeroplane can lead to some changes, which may promote constipation. Then they changed their food intake. More important than probably changed their diets. So transient constipation is very common but chronic constipation. You're absolutely correct. I would say it's more like 10 or 15% of the population, right? And of course, you know, one of the things born things were conservations that it doesn't get more common as you get older, And it is one of the pardons that you and I bear as Wei Wei have to conceive that I thought we were immune from that. Amy and I have sorry, George. We are getting older and so on and so on, And there are many reasons quite apart from your changes in physiology that lead to that, But it is I think you have been involved in this for many years and every day except one things that is totally being ignored. And totally not being researched. Debate should be his constipation. Distress. I see for people who cannot have a normal bowel movement is incredible. Well, you know, under peace. Oh, it is and ah, you know, you know, and and for full disclosure here. You you were my teacher many, many years ago at university. Nebraska and have developed a fondness for you. But you taught me well. But I as a hepatology ist I see at least one or two patients every day. That have nothing. Nothing wrong with their liver. They're coming to me for abdominal pain to the point that they are seeing surgeons. They're going to the E. R and I hate to say in all of 10 minutes I'm like you're constipated, and it is so distressing that it is almost at epidemic levels today compared to 10 years ago. Are you seeing the same trend and it's a lot of young people. Yes, I think there are a lot of factors involved here. I think you know there's obviously dietary factors right? There's no question that, you know, High fibre diet, which is the traditional happy like who die as a ruby or people live in the country. In contrast to the highly processed died, people live in orbit areas. The new quest that died is a factor You remember Ah, now I remember very well. A gentleman called Dennis Parkas. Yes, who was actually a missionary doctor in Africa for many years to death a number of years now, But they made a critical observation when he worked in Africa, and that is that he didn't see constipation and ruin. Africans didn't see diverticular disease didn't see hemorrhoids and he related this Correctly. I believe to the fact that these grew in African people didn't even out of meat. But they have a lot of high fiber foods, which of course, resulted in the assault. Bulk is too, which is easy to pass. It didn't cause constipation. Our driver take their disease are hemorrhoids are based on the problem. So I think that was a critical observation, I think remains true to this day. And I think, you know You know, certainly started segments of the population have become aware of this and our, you know, easy, more fiber eating more vegetables. For many people that is simply unattainable because it's expensive, right? Right. Amen. What we're going to do is take a quick break here. Dr Ayman Quigley. World famous gastroenterologist and professor of medicine. A great honor to have him on the program tonight Tonight. Stay tuned. Final segment coming up more constipation. Going.

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