Constipation refers to those who have feces remaining in the intestine for too long, prolonged defecation time, or have difficulty defecation due to intentional defecation. Most healthy people pass stool once a day, the stool is soft and formed, and the bowel movement is smooth. Only bowel movements once every 2-3 days or longer, this time is called constipation.
People often think that constipation is nothing more than inexplicable bowel movements and has little effect on the body. As everyone knows, chronic constipation is very harmful to health and is often an "invisible killer" that leads to colon cancer and rectal cancer.
Modern medicine believes that the reasons may be as follows:
1. Long-term chronic constipation is harmful to health.
In clinical patients with coronary heart disease, angina pectoris, and arrhythmia, acute myocardial infarction and sudden death occur suddenly due to the laborious defecation during constipation, which is not uncommon in clinical emergency. Constipation can aggravate the occurrence of critical illnesses such as emphysema, pneumothorax, hypertension, and cerebral hemorrhage. In addition, chronic constipation can also cause or aggravate rectal diseases such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, anal infections, and rectal prolapse.
2. Long-term chronic constipation is the cause of colon cancer and rectal cancer.
The dry feces stay in the intestine for too long and cannot be discharged in time. It produces unfavorable mechanical physical and chemical stimulation to the intestinal mucosa and causes inflammation of the intestinal mucosa. Long-term chronic constipation makes part of the undigested fat and protein in the intestines, under the action of intestinal anaerobic bacteria, can produce amines such as nitrosamines, phenols, ammonia, azobenzene, indole, methyl indole , Hydrogen sulfide and other chemical carcinogens, because the stool stays in the intestine for too long, these toxic substances contact the intestinal mucosa for too long, which makes the intestinal mucosa cancerous.
So it is often said that chronic constipation is the initiating factor of intestinal cancer and the "invisible killer" of health.
Therefore, for patients with chronic constipation, constipation should be treated under the guidance of a doctor, and regular review, in order to find the early lesions and get timely treatment.