A: Sometimes. Although some people find that eating lots of fibre rich foods helps prevent constipation, some people with severe constipation actually find it gets worse if the up their fibre intake. See what works for you.
A: It’s unlikely that taking the recommended number of laxatives will do you any harm. Although some people with chronic constipation find that they need laxatives to be able to go most of the time, it’s not because they’ve become ‘dependent’ to them.
A: Myth. There’s no evidence that constipation directly leads to bowel cancer. However, an American scientific study has suggested the risk of bowel cancer is higher among people who suffer from chronic constipation. Researchers believe the connection is that when someone is constipated, the bowels are exposed to carcinogenic substances for longer.
A: Myth. They are licensed for constipation and do not cause weight loss. Taking a laxative where there is no need for constipation relief will merely result in the loss of water, salts and nothing more. Please talk to your GP if you have any concerns regarding the use of laxatives.